Friends of the Crooked River announce the line-up of events for the 23nd Annual RiverDay to be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. 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 detailed list of all the RiverDay 2013 events is available at www.cuyahogariver.net/riverday.
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.
2012 RiverDay Financial Sponsors: Cuyahoga River Community Planning, Cuyahoga River RAP, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Davey Tree Expert Company, EnviroScience, Inc., GPD Group, RiverReach Construction, Sheraton Suites, Keel-haulers Canoe Club, Camp HI Canoe Livery and WKSU 89.7 FM.
For more information or interviews, contact Elaine Marsh, Conservation Director for Friends of the Crooked River at 330-328-3909 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of the Crooked River was formed in 1989 in order to give the 100-mile length of the Cuyahoga River a voice. We are, in one sense, the mouth of the Cuyahoga. Our purpose is to educate the residents of Northeast Ohio about the value of this important watershed, as well as to initiate and support efforts to improve the water quality of the Cuyahoga. Friends of the Crooked River is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization. We also offer a schedule of outings on the River with guides Elaine and Harold Marsh in order to experience the river firsthand.