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24th annual RiverDay – Cuyahoga, A River of Expanding Opportunities

On Saturday, May 17, join Friends of the Crooked River and its partners in celebration the 24th annual RiverDay. After years of hard work by numerous individuals, organizations, communities and agencies, our river that once burned now draws people from all over the world. Opportunities abound from the headwaters in Geauga County, through Portage and Summit counties, and on to its terminus at Lake Erie in Cuyahoga County. Parks and communities are expanding public access to the river and increasing occasions for outdoor relaxation and recreation on and near the river. Clear trash, plant native species, remove invasives, and learn history and natural science. Canoe, kayak, bike, hike, view wildlife or simply enjoy the view – come help us celebrate and protect our Crooked River!

Thank you sponsors!

Friends of the Crooked River Cuyahoga River RAP

(Click on the logos to view their websites.)

Beau's On the River Camp Hi Canoe Livery Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council Davey Resource Group Keel-haulers Canoe Club RiverWorks WKSU


Please check the brochure, or click below, for info.

Check out the schedule, below, or click on the links below to choose your type of activity:
Cultural, Historic, and Natural Resources / Educational
Festivals and Entertainment
Recreational
Volunteer Opportunities


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
1. EUCLID CREEK WETLAND PLANTING & BIOSWALE GARDEN MAINTENANCE EVENT
  9:00 AM – Noon
2. CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT NATURE PRESERVE: MIGRATION BIRD WALKS
Walks begin at 7:30 AM; 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM

3. BEREA 15th ANNUAL STREAMSIDE CLEANUP
  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

4. CUYAHOGA RIVER FLATS EVENTS
  A. CANAL BASIN PARK HIKING TOUR

  9:00-10:30 AM

  B. CLEVELAND ROWING FOUNDATION BOATHOUSE TOUR
  10:00 AM-2:00 PM

5. MILL CREEK FALLS CONCERT AND SLAVIC VILLAGE FESTIVAL
  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

6. HISTORIC LOWER BIG CREEK VALLEY TOUR AND OLD BROOKLYN STREET FAIR
  1:00-2:30 PM

7. WEST CREEK; LESSONS FROM A STREAM HIKE
  10:00 AM-Noon

8. CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK ANNUAL WATERSHED CLEANUP
  10:00 AM-1:00PM

9. CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK EVENTS
  B. WATER QUALITY TESTING

  1:00-3:00PM
  C. JUNIOR RANGER: RAMBLING ALONG THE RIVER
  9:30-11:30 AM

10. PENINSULA: RIVERDAY’S END NIGHT BIKE RIDE
  8:00 PM - Finish

11. RIVERDAY AT FAIRLAWN NATURE CENTER
  10:00 AM-4:00 PM

12. AKRON: HIKE ALONG THE LITTLE CUYAHOGA RIVER
  11:00 AM-12:30 PM

13. AKRON: RIVERDAY AT CASCADE VILLAGE
  10:00 AM - Noon

14. CITY OF CUYAHOGA FALLS GREAT AMERICAN RIVER DAY CLEANUP
  10:00 AM-2:00 PM

15. MUNROE FALLS: RIVER DAY EVENTS & FESTIVAL
  A. PANCAKE BREAKFAST

  7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  B. INVASIVE PLANT PULL
  9:00 AM – Noon
  C. FESTIVAL
  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

16. PADDLE THE PARKS: KENT TO MUNROE FALLS

17. KENT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL & KENT PARKS AND RECREATION’S RIVER DAY FESTIVAL
  A. CELEBRATING RECREATIONAL HISTORY OF THE RIVER, WATER TRAIL AND HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL

  10:00 am – Noon
  B. HIKE & BIKE TRAIL / HARVEY REDMOND BRIDGE DEDICATION
  11:00 AM
  C. KAYAK, CANOE, TUBE & BIKE RENTALS

18. PORTAGE COUNTY RIVERDAY FESTIVAL AND WATER TRAIL DEDICATION: MANTUA
  A. RIVERDAY ACTIVITIES AT BUCHART PARK

  10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  B. PADDLE TO RED FOX (CANOES AND KAYAKS AVAILABLE)
  Noon-3:00 PM
  C. DEDICATION OF THE CUYAHOGA RIVER WATER TRAIL TAKEOUT AT RED FOX: SHALERSVILLE
  3:30 PM


1. EUCLID CREEK WETLAND PLANTING & BIOSWALE GARDEN MAINTENANCE EVENT
9:00 AM – Noon
Help plant native plants at a recently restored wetland or help Friends of Euclid Creek maintain a bioswale garden. For the wetland planting, wear clothes and boots that can get wet; for either activity bring gloves, sturdy boots and drinking water. Meet: Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation - Wildwood Park picnic pavilion, E. 174th Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleveland, 44101
Contact: Claire Posius, cposius@cuyahogaswcd.orgor 216-524-6580 x16 or www.cuyahogaswcd.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Alliance for the Great Lakes, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga SWCD, Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team, Friends of Euclid Creek, and NEORSD.

2. CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT NATURE PRESERVE: MIGRATION BIRD WALKS
Walks begin at 7:30 AM; 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM
Join guided bird walks along a one-mile trail through our lakefront preserve. Greet our colorful feathered friends as they rest up before their long journey across Lake Erie. Walks led by knowledgeable birders. Rain or shine. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Meet: Cleveland Lakefront State Park. 8701 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland 44102
Contact: Elaine Marsh at 330-666-4026 or ohgreenway@gmail.com or
www.cuyahogariver.net.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Friends of the Crooked River and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

3. BEREA 15th ANNUAL STREAMSIDE CLEANUP
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Join us to tackle litter in the East Branch of the Rocky River and Coe Lake. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work boots or old shoes. Long Sleeves, slacks and work gloves recommended. Trash bags provided. Children under 18 must have adult supervision. Pre-registration required for groups. Meet: Coe Lake Gazebo behind Berea City Hall, 11 Berea Commons. Contact: Jared Bartley at jbartley@ cuyahogaswcd.org or 216-524-6580 x14 or www.MyRockyRiver.org
Click for map.
Sponsored by the City of Berea, Cuyahoga SWCD and the Rocky River Watershed Council.

4. CUYAHOGA RIVER FLATS EVENTS
A. CANAL BASIN PARK HIKING TOUR

9:00-10:30 AM
Take a hike through Cleveland’s history on a free guided walking tour. Learn about the settlement and growth of the city as fueled by the building of the Ohio Canal. Discover the ongoing activities to celebrate that history by recreating the historic Towpath into a Trail and by creating an anchor park at the site where the canal once poured into the Cuyahoga River.
Meet: Settler’s Landing RTA station/ Robert J. Lockwood Jr. Dr. & West Superior Ave.
Contact: Kelly Lange at 216-771-1994 or kelly@historicgateway.org or
www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Historic Gateway Neighborhood and Ohio Canal Corridor

B. CLEVELAND ROWING FOUNDATION BOATHOUSE TOUR
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
A tour will begin every 30 minutes in the lobby. Discover the new home of Cleveland’s foremost rowers at Rivergate Park, an exciting urban recreation center located along the lower Cuyahoga River.
Meet: 1 1003 British Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Contact: Kirk Lang, clevelandrowing@gmail.com, or www.clevelandrows.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Cleveland Rowing Foundation

C. FLATS SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOURS
Noon-4:00 PM
Discount rates for bike rental for a two-hour tour of lower Cuyahoga River between Columbus and Rockside Rd. FEE
Meet: 1840 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
Contact: Jim Sheehan, sheehan.jim@gmail.com or www.ohiocitycycles.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op

5. MILL CREEK FALLS CONCERT AND SLAVIC VILLAGE FESTIVAL
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Enjoy classic American folk music at Mill Creek Falls, a tributary of the Cuyahoga River and the site of Cleveland's first mill, built c.1799. It’s a Cleveland Metroparks facility. Bring lawn chairs and a camera! While you’re in the neighborhood stop in at Rooms To Let 10AM - 4PM, public art celebration of Slavic Village with a block party, live music porch concerts, activities for all ages, and a walking tour of the Warszawa Historic District. More info: 216.429.1182 ext. 105.
www.slavicvillage.org Meet for Concert: Mill Creek Falls, 8404 Webb Terrace, Cleveland 44105 Contact: 216.469.4806 or www.livecleveland.org/content/broadway-public-art.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Broadway Public Art

6. HISTORIC LOWER BIG CREEK VALLEY TOUR AND OLD BROOKLYN STREET FAIR
1:00-2:30 PM
Discover Big Creek’s history hidden under the Pearl Road (Brooklyn-Brighton) Bridge. Learn about two of Cleveland's earliest settlements and adjoining industry. View historic bridge remnants and other infrastructure, review historic full-color maps. Learn about the Greenway Plan for the valley. Refreshments. Afterwards visit Pop-up Pearl Complete Street Fair above the valley, a celebration of the historic Brighton Village area, Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, with live music, food trucks, local vendors and entertainment 3-8PM:
www.popuppearl.com/ Meet for Tour: In parking lot behind Sal's Restaurant, 3850 Pearl Rd., Cleveland 44109 Contact: Bob Gardin, bgardin@friendsofbigcreek.org or 216-269-6472 or www.friendsofbigcreek.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Friends of Big Creek and Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation

7. WEST CREEK; LESSONS FROM A STREAM HIKE
10:00 AM-Noon
Celebrate RiverDay by taking a tip or two from a stream. First we’ll look at some sedimentary action on our stream table, indoors. Then we’ll take a hike along West Creek to experience some of the lessons we learned in action. One-mile hike off and on trail. Suitable for families and adults.
Meet: 2277 W Ridgewood Dr, Parma, OH 44134
Contact: Jennifer Grieser, 440-253-2163 or jmg2@clevelandmetroparks.com or
www.clevelandmetroparks.com.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks, Watershed Stewardship Center

8. CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK ANNUAL WATERSHED CLEANUP
10:00 AM-1:00PM
Care for the Cuyahoga River watershed by removing trash or restoring native floodplain habitat. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy boots, and work gloves. This annual event provides the opportunity to celebrate, protect, and restore the Cuyahoga River. Family- friendly projects for ages 7 and older. Registration required.
Various Locations: Locations given upon registration.
Registration and Contact: Volunteer Office at www.nps.gov/cuva and click volunteer, or call 330-657-2299.
Presented by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

9. CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK EVENTS
B. WATER QUALITY TESTING

1:00-3:00PM
Chat with volunteers about how we test and monitor the Cuyahoga River.
Meet: Hunt House, 2054 Bolanz Road, Peninsula 44264
Contact: 800-642-3297, ext 100
Click for map.
Presented by the National Park Service

C. JUNIOR RANGER: RAMBLING ALONG THE RIVER
9:30-11:30 AM
Become a water quality scientist on RiverDay. Take a walk along the Towpath Trail, put on goggles and gloves, and test the Cuyahoga's water.
Registration Required: 800-642-3297, ext 100
Presented by the National Park Service

10. PENINSULA: RIVERDAY’S END NIGHT BIKE RIDE
8:00 PM - Finish
End RiverDay and improve your night vision, join Century Cycles and fellow bicyclists with a night bike ride on the Towpath Trail along the River. All skill levels are welcome. Rides are 12 to 15 miles long, depending on participant desires, and take 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours. You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. Optional post-ride outing to Winking Lizard. Weather dependent; call to confirm if questionable.
Meet: Century Cycles, 1621 Main St., Peninsula; Parking, at the Lock 29 Trailhead, 1650 Mill St. West, Peninsula 44264
Contact: 330-657-2209 or info@centurycycles.com or
www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides
Click for map.
Sponsored by Century Cycles

11. RIVERDAY AT FAIRLAWN NATURE CENTER
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Come join us to discover the fascinating features at Fort Island Park through which a glacier once traveled. Hourly hikes beginning at 10:30 AM. Discover the park’s Native American past and its natural history, including our local stream. Kids can investigate invertebrates that inhabit the stream and learn about water quality. We will explore what makes a healthy stream and other water issues. This will be an adventure-filled day for the entire family!
Meet: Fort Island Park, 413 Trunko Rd, Fairlawn, OH 44333
Contact: Troy Dunn: 330-668-9518 or DunnT@ci.fairlawn.oh.us or
www.cityoffairlawn.com.
Click for map.
Sponsored by the City of Fairlawn

12. AKRON: HIKE ALONG THE LITTLE CUYAHOGA RIVER
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Join our guide, John Mazi, for an informative 2 mile hike along the Little Cuyahoga River from lock 15 through 19. Learn about the area's Native American and Canal Era history. Enjoy the wildlife. Dress for the weather. Afterward, stop in the historic Mustill Store,
Meet: Mustill Store, 57 W North St, Akron, OH 44304
Contact: Tara Racher at 330-374-5625 or tara@cascadelocks.org or
www.cascadelocks.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Cascade Locks Park Association

13. AKRON: RIVERDAY AT CASCADE VILLAGE
10:00 AM - Noon
Join us to learn about the Little Cuyahoga and tackle litter on the banks of the river as it passes through Cascade Village in downtown Akron. Work with local university students and residents of Cascade Village. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work-boots or old shoes. Long sleeves, slacks and work-gloves recommended. Trash bags provided. Children under 18 must have adult supervision. Pre-registration required for groups.
Meet: Cascade Village Community Center, 210 E. North Street, Akron 44304
Bus Transit: 112 Elizabeth Pkwy, Route 34, Cascade Valley Uhler www.akronmetro.org
Click for map.
Contact: Donna Webb at dwebb@uakron.edu or 330-414-4954 or Ken Heischman at kheischman@tcbinc.org Cascade Village 330-253-9484 Sponsored by Cascade Village Public Art, The University of Akron and Cascade Village and Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club.

14. CITY OF CUYAHOGA FALLS GREAT AMERICAN RIVER DAY CLEANUP
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Volunteers needed to help 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 & River Raffle will also be provided.
Meet: Location given upon registration
Register or Contact: Becky McCleary 330-971-8201 or mcclearyrm@cityofcf.com or
cityofcf.com.
Sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Keep America Beautiful and State Road Donato's Pizza

15. MUNROE FALLS: RIVER DAY EVENTS & FESTIVAL
A. PANCAKE BREAKFAST

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The City of Munroe Falls Fire Department will host a pancake breakfast. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Meet: 43 Munroe Falls Ave., Munroe Falls 44262.
Click for map.

B. INVASIVE PLANT PULL
9:00 AM – Noon
Join Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in annual garlic mustard pull. Wear long pants, closed shoes and gloves.
Meet: Brust Park, 128 North Main (Rt. 91), Munroe Falls 44262. Click for map.

C. FESTIVAL
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Help us celebrate and beautify the Cuyahoga River that runs through Munroe Falls with a day of fun, food, and entertainment related to wildlife and the great outdoors! This year we will have tons of entertainment, including live cannon demonstrations, animal appearances from the Lake Erie Science Center, an authentic river blessing and much, much more! Food provided by commercial vendors.
Meet: Brust Park, 128 North Main (Rt. 91), Munroe Falls 44262, next to the Cuyahoga River.
Contact: Matthew Roeser, 330-524-7569 or matthew@roesersales.com to request a flyer for the event.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Munroe Falls Park Board

D. RIVER CRITTERS WITH SUMMIT METRO PARKS
10:30 AM & 1:30 PM
Celebrate River Day by joining Summit Metro Parks naturalists at the Brust Park festivities to learn more about the critters that call the Cuyahoga River home. See how fish populations are sampled and then get into the river with nets to catch other aquatic critters.
Meet: Bike & Hike Trail / SR 91 lot, 130 N. Main St., Munroe Falls 44262, next to the Cuyahoga River.
Contact: 330-865-8065
Click for map.
Sponsored by Summit Metro Parks

16. PADDLE THE PARKS: KENT TO MUNROE FALLS
Registration required for this guided paddle trip. Kayak or canoe four and a half miles down the Cuyahoga River, from Tannery Park in Kent to Brust Park in Munroe Falls, with ACA-certified instructors and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guides. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Space is limited. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, water, sunscreen and dress to get wet. Registration required. FEE
Meet: Tannery Park, 100 Stow St., Kent 44240
FEE: $20/kayak; $30/canoe.
Contact and Reservations: Crooked River Adventures, 330-541-7467 (beginning May 6)
Click for map.
Sponsored by Summit Metro Parks and Crooked River Adventures

17. KENT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL & KENT PARKS AND RECREATION’S RIVER DAY FESTIVAL
A. CELEBRATING RECREATIONAL HISTORY OF THE RIVER, WATER TRAIL AND HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL

10:00 am – Noon
Join us to celebrate our new connections: the Hike & Bike Trail into Kent and the new Harvey Redmond Bridge across the river to Kramer Fields in Fred Fuller Park, where they have been playing base ball since the 1860’s. The Fulton Mule Base Ball Club and the Whiskey Island Shamrocks will demonstrate historic base ball as the game was intended. More activities: live music, environmental displays, children’s activities and exhibits. Help us to break a world record, learn about life jacket safety and try one on. Bring your bikes and/or walking shoes.
Contact: 330-673-8897 or
www.kentparksandrec.com or www.kentenvironment.org.
Sponsored by Kent Environmental Council and Kent Parks and Recreation

B. HIKE & BIKE TRAIL / HARVEY REDMOND BRIDGE DEDICATION
11:00 AM
We will dedicate the new trail section and the new bridge.
Meet: Fred Fuller Park at 640 Stow Street in Kent, 44240
Contact: 330-673-8897 or www.kentparksandrec.com or www.kentenvironment.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Kent Environmental Council and Kent Parks and Recreation

C. KAYAK, CANOE, TUBE & BIKE RENTALS
Rent a kayak, canoe or tube or bike and have a RiverDay adventure on or near the Cuyahoga River (weather and water-level permitting). Reservation strongly advised. FEE
Meet: Tannery Park, 100 Stow St., Kent 44240
Contact and Reservations: 330-541-7467 or www.kent.edu/crookedriver/
Also see 16. Paddle the Parks (above)
Click for map.
Sponsored by Crooked River Adventures

D. MAY 16 KENT PARKS AND RECREATION'S WATERSHED CELEBRATION FOR KENT CITY SCHOOLS
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Hands-on aquatic ecology and history activities along the Cuyahoga River at Heritage Park for Kent school classes. Kayak demonstrations and the "Ready, Set, Wear it Ohio!" life jacket awareness campaign.
Reservations Required: 330-673-8897
Click for map.
Sponsored by Kent Environmental Council and Kent Parks and Recreation

18. PORTAGE COUNTY RIVERDAY FESTIVAL AND WATER TRAIL DEDICATION: MANTUA
A. RIVERDAY ACTIVITIES AT BUCHART PARK

10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Join us at Buchert Park for a morning of nature and river activities along the Upper Cuyahoga Scenic River in Mantua. Activities include fish surveys by the Division of Wildlife at 10:00; a guided nature hike at the nearby State Nature Preserve at 11:00; and a variety of educational displays and activities by allied conservation organizations. Food available for purchase. We’ll top it off with a paddle to Shallersville (see below).
Meet: Buchert Park, 4800 E. High St., Mantua 44255
Contact: 330-297-7728 or or info@portageparkdistrict.orgor
www.portageparkdistrict.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Portage Park District and Mantua Village

B. PADDLE TO RED FOX (CANOES AND KAYAKS AVAILABLE)
Noon-3:00 PM
Join us for a free, guided 6-mile paddle trip to Red Fox take out in Shallersville. (Weather and water level dependent.) Canoes and kayaks available, limited availability, reservations recommended. Dress to get wet and to protect from sun and weather; shoes required; bring drinking water. Under 18 yrs., parental permission and adult supervision required. Life jackets (required) and paddles provided.
Meet: Buchert Park, 4800 E. High St., Mantua 44255
Reservations and Contact: Elaine Marsh 330-666-4026 or ohgreenway@gmail.com
Click for map.
Sponsored by Portage Park District, Camp Hi Canoe Livery and ODNR, Division of Watercraft

C. DEDICATION OF THE CUYAHOGA RIVER WATER TRAIL TAKEOUT AT RED FOX: SHALERSVILLE
3:30 PM
At the end of the paddle, we’ll cut the ribbon on this newest public boat access site, created by the Portage Park District with funding from the Division of Watercraft, ODNR.
Meet: Red Fox Take Out (At sewage treatment plant; just south of State Rt. 303), 9359 Price Rd., Shallersville 44255
Contact: 330-297-7728 or or info@portageparkdistrict.org or www.portageparkdistrict.org.
Click for map.
Sponsored by Portage Park District

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