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The Lone Sailor

A picture of The Lone Sailor statueThe Lone Sailor

There is a lot of naval history in this area, especially from the World War II era where pilots, including former President George Bush, trained at the old Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station. In 2006, The Fort Lauderdale Council of the US Navy League raised funds to donate a patriotic statue to our Riverwalk Park. QuinnProQuo was proud to be a part of the team that helped bring this vision to a reality!

The Lone Sailor patriotic statue expresses appreciation to the men and women all across the globe for voluntarily putting their lives at risk to protect freedom. The statue is meant to inspire youth and honor veterans, as it represents core values of honor, courage and commitment.

It is located at the Riverwalk, west of Esplanade Park, near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Visit www.flnavyleague.org/LoneSailor.htm for more information.

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Posted in Creations and Fort Lauderdale by on April 1st, 2010 at 4:13 pm.

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The Riverwalk Trust-Connecting the Community

The Riverwalk Trust-Connecting the Community

Logo of the Riverwalk TrustThe word connectivity means different things to different people. In business, connections usually land you a key job, a promotion, a new account or an introduction to a key resource for building your business. Outside of the workplace, connections lead to new friendships or maybe to long-term romantic relationships (even marriage). People often use the term connection when describing the feeling of being mystically drawn to a physical place, to nature or toward a particular philosophy.

In Downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Riverwalk Trust uses the spectacular physical place of Riverwalk Park as a connector in many ways as it winds its way along the New River. At its most basic level, the park connects its visitors to nature – lush landscaping along a lovely, riverfront setting. You can’t sit on a waterfront park bench without leaving your everyday cares behind just a little. The Riverwalk also connects us to our history – the entire area was the birthplace of our city, the place where Seminoles and settlers traded goods and “connected” over 100 years ago.

Importantly, the Riverwalk connects people in many different ways. Neighbors walking their dogs at dusk, yachties celebrating happy hour on their fly bridges along the New River, jazz aficionados at an event, lovers lingering over a meal at a riverside café, botanists admiring the stellar collection of palms and native plants and cultural connoisseurs. The physical space that is Riverwalk clearly influences the connection of the community it touches.

The Riverwalk Trust, through its membership and events, connects people in business and pleasure. To get involved, call (954) 468-1541, or e-mail info@GoRiverwalk.com.

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Posted in Riverwalk Trust by on April 1st, 2010 at 4:00 pm.

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Riverwalk Trust Supports Riverwalk Park Enhancements

Picture of the Riverwalk Park

Riverwalk Park

Riverwalk Trust Supports Riverwalk Park Enhancements

Vision for Park is Backed by Immediate Plans for Improvements

This past year, the Riverwalk Trust has been extremely involved with the passage of and now involvement in the Riverwalk District Arts & Entertainment / Public Realm Plan, a major consultant’s study passed by the City of Fort Lauderdale commission this past spring. The name of the study is long, but the concept is simple: how do we make the Riverwalk District a more active, compelling destination for residents and visitors?

What we like about the direction of this plan is the commission’s directive that we develop immediately implementable actions that don’t require huge amounts of capital to jumpstart. We could approach the plan with grandiose ideas for a park redesign, but so many agree that we have a fabulous place in the Riverwalk already. We just need some physical tweaks here and there and much more emphasis on making it an active public space that becomes intertwined with the community’s daily life. In fact, the Riverwalk Trust began this process on a small, grassroots scale this past year with the @ Riverwalk program, offering free community yoga every Saturday at 10 a.m. under the Esplanade Pavilion. It’s been a huge success.

The project team for this study is multidisciplinary with members having expertise in many areas including parks master planning, landscape design, arts and public space programming, public art and media, parks management and operations, and cultural district planning.

Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), the lead consultant, has eloquently stated, “… the city and specifically the areas surrounding the New River are poised to achieve a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. All of the ingredients are in place: a publicly accessible waterfront; outstanding arts and entertainment destinations; successful retail corridors; a critical mass of Downtown population from recent housing and commercial developments and future development potential. However, while individually successful, these assets are not yet interconnected in a way that causes the Downtown as a whole to match the vibrancy of other successful urban centers.”

With a mission of building a more vibrant community centered around the Riverwalk Park, the Riverwalk Trust will continue to be intricately involved with this study.

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Posted in Riverwalk Trust by on March 30th, 2010 at 12:49 am.

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QuinnProQuo launching in May…here is a sneak preview!

Combining my banking and community expertise, I am launching my new company. Catch up with me to learn more about QuinnProQuo. I’ll be at the Riverwalk Trust Spring Tribute tomorrow evening.  It is one of the best networking events, and this year former honorees Wayne Huizenga, Ginny & Tom Miller, Jack Loos, Dr. George Hanbury and Terry Stiles will be on hand to welcome M. Austin Forman to the distinguished group.

Watch for weekly information on networking, fund raising, community initiatives and exciting developments in the Fort Lauderdale scene.  Looking forward to connecting! RKQ

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Posted in QuinnProQuo and Riverwalk Trust by on March 24th, 2010 at 9:27 pm.

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