Friends of the Crooked River announce the line-up of events for the 23rd Annual RiverDay to be held on Saturday, May 18.
RiverDay aims to raise awareness among everyday citizens concerning the important role that a “free-flowing” Cuyahoga River plays in their everyday lives and to highlight the need to continue the improvement of its water quality. RiverDay 2013 will feature 26 events at 16 locations across Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage and Geauga Counties--cleanups, habitat restorations, watercraft excursions, hikes, a free concert and art exhibitions. These events highlight the numerous recreational, cultural and historic natural resources of our American Heritage River. Almost all events are free, although some require reservations.
A clean, free-flowing River has many benefits, even economic ones. The City of Kent has transformed itself. It all began with modifying its dam and beautifying its River. The vibrant Brust Park in Munroe Falls, once the isolated site of a useless dam, now attracts thousands of visitors each who can hop onto the Hike & Bike Trail or paddle the developing Cuyahoga River Water Trail. By removing dams and developing parks, the City of Cuyahoga Falls is reclaiming its historic role as a premier riverfront destination. The events of RiverDay 2013 will demonstrate that clean water is improving the region’s economics, here and now. These benefits are but a hint of what dreams may come if we continue the work of removing dams and improving water quality. On May 18th, thousands of our watershed’s citizens will gather at the River to learn about the River’s gifts and enjoy its recreational beauty.
A detailed list of all the RiverDay 2013 events is available at www.cuyahogariver.net/riverday.