Mantua – On Saturday, May 20th, all across Northeast Ohio in the communities through which the Cuyahoga River flows, special events will take place on what has been designated River Day. Locally, an 8.5-mile section of the scenic river flows through Mantua, and businesses and residents will work together to help clean up their river.
To that end, local outfitter Breakaway Excursions, together with Portage Parks and the Mantua Revitalization Corporation and several local businesses will join forces to clean up in and around the scenic river at Buchert Park and the nearby Headwaters Trail that day. Registration will begin at the Park pavilion at 9 am on Saturday, May 20th. Beginning at 10 am, crews will hit the trails or man canoes and kayaks to help collect trash and clean up the river and surrounding trails until noon. Latex gloves and trash bags will be provided, as well as a limited supply of shovels, rakes and picks. Volunteers may bring their own tools and watercraft if desired; kayak rentals will also be available on a limited basis.
Pam Holliday of Breakaway Excursions shared, “ As we ran the river last summer, we recognized the great potential the river has to make Mantua a wonderful scenic attraction like Chagrin Falls or Willoughby. We also noticed the river needs some help to make it safer for paddlers.” She continued, “As we look for an opportunity to make Mantua our home, we wanted to do our part to help clean this wonderful resource,” she concluded. After sharing in the hard work, registered volunteers will be treated to lunch and games, while a DJ spins some tunes, making the day complete.
Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register online at breakawayexcursions.com/river-day. The first registrants will receive a free t-shirt, courtesy of JL Designs, while supplies last. For more information, to register by phone or to sponsor River Day activities, contact Pam at (440) 773-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors include: Mantaline Corporation, LL Bean, Oscar Brugmann Sand & Gravel, Jake’s, Mantua Station Drug Company, Chilling Station, Frost Glass, Stamm Contracting, and the Village of Mantua.