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Friends of Crooked River presenting RiverDay 2014

5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

NORTHEAST OHIO — Friends of the Crooked River (FCR) has announced the lineup of events for the 24th Annual RiverDay May 17.

According to FCR, RiverDay aims to raise awareness among everyday citizens concerning the important role that an accessible Cuyahoga River plays in their everyday lives and to highlight the need to continue the improvement of its water quality.

RiverDay 2014 will feature events across Northeast Ohio intended to highlight the recreational, cultural and historic natural resources of the river. The public is invited to be a part of the festivities.

Almost all events are free, although some require reservations. All events will take place May 17.

The following is a roundup of events taking place in the West Side Leader coverage area.


  • Hike Along the Little Cuyahoga River, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mustill Store, 57 W. North St. John Mazi will guide the informative 2-mile hike along the Little Cuyahoga River from Lock 15 to Lock 19. Participants will learn about the area’s Native American and Canal Era history and enjoy the wildlife. For more information, contact Tara Racher at 330-374-5625 or tara@cascadelocks.org or visit www.cascadelocks.org.
  • RiverDay at Cascade Village, 10 a.m. to noon, Cascade Village Community Center, 210 E. North St. Participants will learn about the Little Cuyahoga and tackle litter on the banks of the river as it passes through Cascade Village in Downtown Akron. Participants will work with local university students and residents of Cascade Village. Dress for the weather and wear work boots or old shoes. Long sleeves, slacks and work gloves are recommended. Trash bags will be provided. Children younger than 18 must have adult supervision. Preregistration is required for groups. For more information, contact Donna Webb at dwebb@uakron.edu or 330-414-4954 or Ken Heischman at kheischman@tcbinc.org or 330-253-9484.

Cuyahoga Falls

The city of Cuyahoga Falls Great American RiverDay Cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to clean up litter and debris along the Cuyahoga River and on public grounds throughout the community, plant flowers at park shelters and assist with an invasive plant pull. Trash bags, planting supplies and lunch will be provided. A special River Appreciation Presentation and River Raffle also will be provided. To register or for more information, contact Becky McCleary at 330-971-8201 or mcclearyrm@cityofcf.com or visit www.cityofcf.com.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park events

  • Water Quality Testing, 1 to 3 p.m., Hunt House, 2054 Bolanz Road in Boston. Participants can chat with volunteers about how the Cuyahoga River is monitored and tested. For more information, call 800-642-3297, ext. 100.
  • Junior Ranger: Rambling Along The River, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will take a walk along the Towpath Trail, put on goggles and gloves and test the Cuyahoga River’s water. Registration is required. Call 800-642-3297, ext. 100
  • Grand Opening: Canal Exploration Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7104 Canal Road in Valley View. The redesign of this 150-year-old building features interactive displays about the canal era and its economic importance. Interactive touchscreens allow visitors to navigate a canal boat through a lock, explore the nation’s canal system or eavesdrop on Canal Chat conversations.  For more information, call 330-657-2752 or visit www.nps.gov/cuva.


River Day at Fairlawn Nature Center will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Island Park, 413 Trunko Road. There will be hourly hikes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Guests are invited to discover the fascinating features at Fort Island Park, through which a glacier once traveled. Participants will discover the park’s Native American past and its natural history, including the local stream. Children can investigate invertebrates that inhabit the stream and learn about water quality. For more information, contact Troy Dunn at 330-668-9518 or DunnT@ci.fairlawn.oh.us or www.cityoffairlawn.com.


RiverDay’s End Night Bike Ride will take place at 8 p.m. meeting at Century Cycles, 1621 Main St., Peninsula. All skill levels are welcome for this 12-mile, two-hour night bike ride on the Towpath Trail. Bring a bike, helmet and headlight. This event is weather dependent. For more information, contact 330-657-2209 or info@centurycycles.com or visit www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides.

2014 RiverDay financial sponsors are Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization, Cuyahoga River RAP, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Davey Tree Expert Co., EnviroScience Inc., Beau’s on the River, Sarah’s Vineyard, Keel-haulers Canoe Club, Camp HI Canoe Livery, Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council and WKSU 89.7 FM.

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