Foster Announces Donation to David Foster Way
May 3, 2013
David Foster and his wife Yolanda joined Mayor Dean Fortin at Ship Point this afternoon to discuss the City's concept plans for the 11 special places along David Foster Way.
During the informal overview, David Foster announced a personal donation of $50,000 for the further development of the five-kilometre harbour walkway plan.
“I'm honoured and pleased to see the community engagement over the vision for David Foster Way, knowing that it is still a work in progress,” said Foster. “I encourage the community to continue putting forth their ideas as we refine this vision for what will one day be an extraordinary asset for Victoria and attraction for the world to enjoy.”
“It was a total but welcome surprise when David announced his contribution toward the pathway today,” said Mayor Fortin. “Naming this pathway the David Foster Way was an opportunity to honour a local Victorian for his contributions toward the performing arts in Canada and internationally. We hope that David's support will inspire others to contribute to this incredible project and help make this vision for our harbor pathway a reality.”
After the announcement, Mayor Fortin and his guests took a tour of the harbour pathway by way of the Victoria Fire Department's "Fireboat 1".
Once complete, David Foster Way will extend from Rock Bay to Ogden Point and will be one of the longest, continuous pedestrian and cycling harbour pathways in North America. The estimated cost to complete the project is $33 to $40 million. A group of local citizens is working with the City to identify opportunities for community partnerships and funding programs.
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