The McGregor Fund commissioned a new gathering space along the Dequindre Cut Greenway to honor C. David Campbell, the Fund’s former president who passed away in 2014. The Campbell Memorial Terrace is a small-scale outdoor performance space featuring a covered stage and tiered concrete seat walls for spectators. It is located at the base of the Lafayette Street ramp between Orleans and St. Aubin. Steps and ramps allow universal access to the site, while lush landscaping provides a colorful and welcoming destination for visitors.
When the McGregor Fund first approached the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC) about a suitable memorial for long-time Fund president and founding DRFC board member David Campbell, we knew the project would have to capture as many of his fine qualities as possible. David was unfailingly interested in meeting new people, learning about good work and innovation taking place across Detroit, sampling a wide range of our city’s rich cultural life, and stopping at least once a day to notice the natural wonders around him. He was comfortable with anyone, anywhere, and made people feel comfortable in his presence. He also appreciated that there were times to be very thoughtful and intentional, and times to be adventurous and spontaneous and have fun.
Thanks to the talented and dedicated team at the DRFC, what began as a set of ambitious goals has resulted in a perfect tribute, one that so elegantly captures David’s attributes and interests in one place, open for all to enjoy, in any manner of gathering, free of charge. We are excited to watch the Campbell Terrace become a favorite gathering spot for all Detroiters.
Left to right:
Trustees Richard L. Rogers, Cynthia N. Ford, James B. Nicholson (Emeritus), Joyce Jenereaux, Denise J. Lewis, Susan Schooley, M.D., Reuben A. Munday, Leslie A. Murphy
*Photo credit Keith Tolman for the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy