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NEWS RELEASE | Community Celebrates Success of Paddlers’ Landing Campaign

Michigan Business Network
March 22, 2019 2:00 PM

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Paddlers' Landing Will Provide Safe Access to Flint River for Paddling, Rafting, and Fishing

Flint, MI.  March 21st, 2019  The crowdfunding campaign to support the Paddlers’ Landing at Mott Park, led by the Corridor Alliance Chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition is a success!





The community celebrated the success of the Paddlers' Landing Patronicity Campaign on Thursday, March 21st, 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Ferris Wheel, 615 Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint. Our thanks to the folks at the Ferris Wheel for hosting this great event!


The Patronicity campaign, which launched January 31st as a project of the Corridor Alliance Chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Mott Park Recreation Association, and the City of Flint, had a goal to raise $50,000 in 50 days. By reaching our goal by March 21st, 2019, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will donate an additional $50,000 to the project through their Public Spaces, Community Places program. 

Combining the $50,000 from the Patronicity crowdfunding campaign with existing funds and the MEDC match will fully fund the project. We expect construction will be complete by August 2019.

“More than 600 individuals, companies, service groups, and foundations came together to support this project,” stated Rebecca Fedewa, Executive Director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition. “The outpouring of love in this community—for this project and the Flint River—is just tremendous and we can’t thank folks enough for making this campaign a success.” 

With funds raised prior to the kick-off of the Patronicity Campaign, added to the overwhelming response to the campaign and the match from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, we’ve raised just over $138,000. We’ve covered all the anticipated expenses, and will have some funds left over to add other amenities to the park that could include additional lighting, signage, parking, etc. 

For project and event details, please visit: patronicity.com/paddlerslanding. 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of all of our donors, and would like to specifically thank our major donors:

$10,000 and up donors: Habitat for Humanity BRAND grant program; Rotary Club of Flint, Hagerman Foundation, North American Engineering and Tooling Center (funding and in-kind donations).


$8,000 – our final donor! Community Foundation of Greater Flint


$7,000 – Union Sportsman Alliance


$5,000 – Ridgway White


The Flint River Watershed Coalition seeks a healthy, vibrant, active Flint River watershed for all. We work in partnership to protect, promote, and improve the Flint River and its watershed. www.flintriver.org          

The Corridor Alliance Chapter of the FRWC is a community-based group that focuses on economic development and neighborhood revitalization; recreation and culture; environmental quality and infrastructure; and community engagement along the river corridor in the city of Flint. www.frcalliance.org


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