River Day without Ed

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sat, 04/25/2009 - 15:01.
05/16/2009 - 13:00

MAY 16 IS RIVER DAY - Friends of the Crooked River Celebrates its 19th Annual River Day and dedicates this year to the late Ed Hauser, passionate and tireless advocate for the river and lakefront, River Day Coordinator for five years, and the one who worked to make Whiskey Island publicly accessible...a significant feat. River Day Activities are scheduled throughout the region, and throughout the month. Check the website for more information.

  • 7:00 am - 3:00 pm:  DIKE 14 NATURE PRESERVE RIVER DAY EVENT
    Walking tours of this unique treasure created by dredgings from the Cuyahoga River. 
    Morning one-hour guided tours (starting at 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am and 10:30 am).  
    Noon - 3 pm
    : self-guided tours with educational stations on the geography, plants, history and wild life of the area. Meet at Cleveland Lakefront State Park at Gordon State Park between E 72 and Marginal Rd. Contact Chris Trepal at 216-281-6468 ext 227 or email ctrepal [at] earthdaycoaltion [dot] org">ctrepal [at] earthdaycoaltion [dot] org or www.dike14.org  Sponsored by Dike 14 Environmental Education Collaborative

    Volunteers will pull the invasive garlic mustard plant in the park and along the river. Volunteers provided with a free lunch. Please wear long pants, closed shoes and gloves are recommended. Meet at 9:00 AM for clean-up: Brust Park, 128 North Main St., Munroe Falls; Other events 10am - 3pm: We will have a Farmer’s Market, a petting zoo, music, fly fishing demos, exhibits, children‘s activities, mascots and so much more. Contact Roxanne Toth 330-686-9909 or email parkandrec [at] munroefalls [dot] com">parkandrec [at] munroefalls [dot] com for a flyer about this event. Sponsored by Munroe Falls Park Board

    Volunteer to pick up stream-side trash. Boots or work shoes are required. Dress for the weather.  FREE. Meet at Coe Lake Gazebo behind Berea City Hall, 11 Berea Commons, Berea, Ohio 44017. Contact Jared Bartley at 216-524-6580 ext 14 or email jbartley [at] cuyahogaswcd [dot] org">jbartley [at] cuyahogaswcd [dot] org Sponsored by the Cities of Berea and Middleburg Heights and Rocky River Watershed Council

    Clean up trash, remove invasive plants near the river and be part of other projects to protect the river. Wear long pants, long sleeves, boots and gloves and bring a water bottle if you can. Ages 10 and older. Groups welcome! Meet: 9am at Howe Meadow. Supplies, bags, equipment, food and water provided.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  FREE.  Contact:  Shelby Lewis 330-657-2909 ext 109, or email slewis [at] cvnpa [dot] org or check www.cvnpa.org  Sponsored by Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association

    Discover the future route of the Hemlock Trail, part of the West Creek Greenway trails system. The hike is dependant on hikers' ability and trail conditions.  Total 4 miles; several hills.  Wear sturdy footwear.  FREE.  Meet for 10:15 AM hike at Independence Technical Center parking lot, 6801 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131.  Contact Colby Sattler at 216-749-3720 or email csattler [at] westcreek [dot] org">csattler [at] westcreek [dot] org   Sponsored by West Creek Preservation Committee

  • 9:30 am - Noon:  RICK NOLZE RIVER RUN
    Come canoe down Tinker’s Creek while cleaning up the river.  Wear sturdy clothing. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. FREE. Meet at Glen Meadows Park, 1596 Glenwood Drive, Twinsburg, Ohio. Contact Derek Schroeder at 330-963-7722 or email dschroeder [at] twinsburg [dot] oh [dot] us">dschroeder [at] twinsburg [dot] oh [dot] usSponsored by the City of Twinsburg

    RiverDay Social Bike Ride, sightseeing ride along Walworth Run where the tributary empties into the Cuyahoga River. Loaner bikes are available.  FREE. Meet at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op, 1823 Columbus Rd., Cleveland, Ohio. Contact Jim Sheehan 216-830-2667 or email at info [at] ohiocitycycles [dot] org  Sponsored by the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op and Cleveland Bike Week

  • 10:00 am - Noon: CASCADE LOCKS GUIDED TOURS Come celebrate the River and its role in our history!  Bruce Norton will lead a two hour guided hike (about 2 miles), along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal and the Little Cuyahoga River.  Dress for comfort and the weather. FREE. Meet at the Mustill Store on the North Side of North Street, 240 Ferndale Ave., Akron. Contact Rowan McTaggart at 330-374-5625 or email her at rowan [at] cascadelocks [dot] org">rowan [at] cascadelocks [dot] org   Sponsored by the Cascade Locks Park Association

  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - BREAKNECK CREEK DAY
    Breakneck Creek Preserve,
    5795 Lakewood Rd., Ravenna Township
    Hosted by the Portage Park District and the Breakneck Creek Watershed Coalition
    Creeks are Part of Rivers too! This special event will include educational displays on watershed conservation, and Division of Wildlife staff will answer the question “how’s the fishing?” when they conduct a fish survey to discover what varieties of fish live in the creek, something that local fishermen know includes large pike and bass. Contact Susan Blair at sblair [at] portageparkdistrict [dot] org or call the Park District at 330-297-7728.

  • 10:00 am-2:00 pm: CITY OF CUYAHOGA FALLS 2009 GREAT AMERICAN RIVERDAY CLEANUP AND BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT Come clean up your river. Volunteers who would like to participate will clean up the Cuyahoga and local parks. Wear sturdy clothing and shoes. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. FREE. Meet at the Little Stone Shelter in Water Works Park, 2025 Munroe Falls Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Contact Becky McCleary at 330-971-8201 or email her at mcclearyrm [at] cityofcf [dot] com">mcclearyrm [at] cityofcf [dot] com  Sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls and Keep Ohio Beautiful

  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm: BIG CREEK WHERE THE WATERS MEET Enjoy a two-hour tour of the hidden beauty of Big Creek at its confluence with the Cuyahoga River and learn about the area’s trail and greenway plans.  Lunch will be provided. Wear sturdy clothing. FREE. Meet at 11:00 am at Zeleznik’s Tavern, 4402 Jennings Road, Cleveland. Contact Bob Gardin at 216-269-6472 or email bgardin [at] friendsofbigcreek [dot] org">bgardin [at] friendsofbigcreek [dot] org   Sponsored by Friends of Big Creek

    Join us for an enjoyable family canoe float to enjoy the wildlife and beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga Scenic River. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. FREE. Meet at Eldon Russell Park, 16315 Rapids Road, Troy Township. 2.5 miles north of Rt 422. Contact Greg Marvin at 330-527-4184 or email sroloson [at] apk [dot] net">sroloson [at] apk [dot] net   Sponsored by the ODNR Scenic Rivers Program

  • 11:00 am: KENT BOG 2-HOUR GUIDED TOUR Discover one of Ohio’s hidden gems from the Ice Age. Meet at 11:00 am at Kent Bog on Melroy Road in Kent, Ohio. Contact 330-677-5008 or email gvarsnacc [at] sbcglobal [dot] net  Sponsored by ODNR and Friends of the Kent Bog

  • Noon 3:00 pm: KENT REDISCOVER THE CUYAHOGA Celebrate River Day with the opening of Kent Parks’ Historic Log Cabin. Meet at the Historic Log Cabin in John Davey Arboretum on Rt. 43 just north of Riverbend Rd.  Contact Edith Chase 330-673-1193 or www.kentenvironment.org Sponsored by the Kent Environmental Council, Kent Parks and Recreation Dept. Kent Garden Club, Kent League of Women Voters, and Record Publishing Company

  • 1:00 pm: TRIANGLE BOG 2-HOUR GUIDED TOUR. Discover one of Ohio’s hidden gems from the Ice Age. Meet at 1:00 pm at Triangle Bog on Lynn Road in Ravenna, Ohio. Contact 330-677-5008 or email gvarsnacc [at] sbcglobal [dot] net  Sponsored by ODNR and Friends of the Kent Bog

    Join Cleveland Naturalists and local plant experts for an afternoon of flower facts, crafts, trivia, tables, games and fun. FREE.
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Search for your favorite local wildflowers and our naturalist will show you how to identify them. Suitable for beginners; fun for all.  Meet at the Nature Center at Garfield Heights Metro Park, 11350 Broadway Ave., Garfield Heights, Ohio. Contact Stacey Allen at 216-341-3152 or email her at sma [at] clevelandmetroparks [dot] com">sma [at] clevelandmetroparks [dot] com  Sponsored by Garfield Heights Metro Parks

  • 2:00 pm 4:00 pm:  WHISKEY ISLAND BEACH DEDICATION TO HONOR ED HAUSER At 2:00 pm Cuyahoga County will dedicate the beach at Wendy Park to the memory of Ed “Citizen” Hauser for his heroic efforts to save this site for the public.  Self guided walking tours to follow.  Bring your bikes, kayaks and cameras. FREE.  Come for the tour and stay for the entertainment and refreshments at Sunset Grill (at own expense).  Pavilion at Wendy Park: West Shoreway (Rt. 2) to Edgewater Park exit, turn right then follow the signs. Contact Elaine Marsh 330-328-3909 or email ohgreenway [at] aol [dot] com">ohgreenway [at] aol [dot] com  Sponsored by Cuyahoga County, Friends of Whiskey Island and Friends of the Crooked River

  • 5:00 pm 8:00 pm: LITTLE CUYAHOGA CONSERVANCY MEET AND GREET Get to know others who are interested in the environment and the arts at our meet and greet at the Kingfisher Art Gallery, 889 N. Main Street, Northhill Akron, Ohio.  Contact Lauren Von Vesterfield  at 440-281-6058 or email her at laurenvonvesterfield [at] yahoo [dot] com">laurenvonvesterfield [at] yahoo [dot] com   Sponsored by the Little Cuyahoga River Conservancy and the Kingfisher Art Studio and Gallery
  • Location

    Cuyahoga River and Tributaries
    United States

    Celebrate Ed's life May 2

    Posted earlier this year, but worth remembering.   I saw crew teams practising on the Cuyahoga River.  See above post.  If you have not canoed the Upper Cuyahoga in May, it is worth the short trip.  It's a great birding and wildlife opportunity to enjoy with the kids.