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Help Crooked River Adventures Clean Up the Crooked River Sept. 24

Posted Sep. 19, 2011

The days of the Cuyahoga River catching on fire may be a thing of the past, but there is still a substantial amount of trash and debris lingering in the water. Crooked River Adventures, operated by the Department of Recreational Services at Kent State University, opened last year with a mission to be mindful of the environmental concerns of the local community. Keeping true to its promise, the livery will host the third annual “Clean Up the Cuyahoga” on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Three groups of volunteers will travel down the river during the clean up event, picking up garbage along the way. Group one will depart from Tannery Park in Kent and travel to Middlebury Road. Group two will depart from Middlebury Road and travel to Brust Park in Munroe Falls. Group three will depart from Brust Park and travel to Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls. All groups will begin collecting trash at 8:30 a.m., with the event expected to last three to four hours.

Volunteers will be shuttled to and from locations, provided the equipment they need to collect trash and served lunch. Crooked River Adventures will have 20 kayaks and seven canoes on hand for volunteers to use. Previous paddling experience is recommended, but not required. Any volunteers that have their own boats are welcome to bring them, and return transportation will be provided.

The livery is also looking for volunteers to walk along the river bank, assist boaters and pick up debris along the shore.

To volunteer for the river clean up, contact Mike McFall at 330-672-2802 or by Sept. 20.

Crooked River Adventures will complete its second year of operation this October. Kent State’s Department of Recreational Services oversees the facility, which rents canoes, kayaks and bicycles for use in and near the Cuyahoga River in Kent. The department has received statewide recognition for its award-winning boating programs from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.

For more information about Crooked River Adventures, call 330-541-7467 or visit

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Media Contacts:
Mike McFall,, 330-672-2802
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595