36 YEARS OF GIVING
The mission of Riverfest, Inc. is to produce a quality, recreational, cultural, educational, family-oriented celebration of the visual and performing arts for the benefit of the community.
Riverfest money makes a lasting impression on the community.
Each year, over a quarter million people prove the success of that mission, making Riverfest the largest event in the state.
All of this is accomplished with just four paid employees. Volunteers cover the rest with a 35-member Board, a 230-person planning committee and an impressive group of 3,000 who labor tirelessly during the three-day weekend.
This allows remaining money to be pumped back into the Riverfront area. For example:
1983 – $50,000 to construct the East Fountain in Riverfront Park
1986 – $1,000 toward construction of the Belvedere in Riverfront Park
1986 – $200,000 pledged toward construction of the Riverfest Amphitheatre 1986 – First $50,000 payment toward Amphitheatre pledge
1987 – Second $50,000 payment toward Amphitheatre pledge
1990 – Third $50,000 payment toward Amphitheatre pledge
1991 – Final $50,000 payment toward Amphitheatre pledge
1994 – $50,000 payment to pay for fencing around Amphitheatre 1996 – $175,000 pledged for East Pavilion at the River Market.
1996 – First $50,000 payment made. 1998 – $25,000 payment toward Pavilion 1999 – $50,000 payment toward Pavilion
2000 – Final $50,000 Pavilion payment
2002 – $30,000 to construct the Riverfest Plaza and Jim Sick Fountain linking the Riverfest Amphitheatre to the River Market Pavilions
2002 – $25,000 to the Junior League of Little Rock to complete remodeling of the Junior League of Little Rock Building at 4th & Scott
2003 – $3,500 to replace vinyl curtains in East Pavilion at River Market
2004 – $50,000 to enhance and renovate the Riverfest Amphitheatre
2005 – $30,000 to the City of North Little Rock for park improvements
2005 – $20,000 to the City of Little Rock for playground renovations in
2006 – $15,000 to the City of Little Rock for renovations and improvements to the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park
2006 - Funds from the $50,000 pledged for improvements to Riverfest Amphitheatre were used to construct a new floor on the Amphitheatre stage ($20,000)
2008 – $20,000 contribution was paid
2008 – $100,000 is pledged towards the La Petite Roche project in Riverfront Park
2010 – $6,000 to add wrought-iron fencing around Riverfest Amphitheatre Stage and replace tarp under Amphitheatre roof
2012 – $150,000 is pledged to the City of Little Rock for construction of a new roof for the Riverfest Amphitheatre
These financial contributions are in addition to rental payments made to the Cities for use of Julius Breckling Riverfront Park and the North Shore Riverwalk.