Sat 5/12 @ 9AM-noon
Talk about draining the swamp! Within the Cuyahoga River watershed, CanalWay Partners’ RiverSweep lays claim to over 400 acres of new green spaces previously targeted for illegal dumping. (While we’re at it, isn’t there another type of pond scum recently seen floating through Cleveland that should be dredged and summarily discarded?)
The corridor has added a whopping 14 miles of trails, including Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail that traverses 1.9 miles from Steelyard Commons to Literary Avenue. It’s actually a link between densely C-Town’s neighborhoods and Steelyard Commons in Tremont.
But it doesn’t end with RiverSweep this year. Masterminds behind our crooked river, which historically earned Cleveland the dishonorable moniker “Burning River,” expect to complete Clark Fields, Stage 3 by fall.
Volunteers, who must register and sign a waiver, may choose their favorite site along the watershed, including Flats West, Rivergate, Canal Basin Park, Train Avenue, Tremont, Big Creek/Lower Harvard, Mill Creek, Johnston Mill Run & Forestdale and several others.
The first 700 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, and all volunteers will be provided with gloves and bags. Locations are numerous and can be accessed via the website.
[Written by Lucy McKernan]