Crooked River Commute
50 Miles. 2 Nights. 1 River.
Follow the journey via social media on August 2 & 3.
Kent State University and Cleveland are connected, figuratively and literally. Not only is Kent State University connected to Cleveland through the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and its Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), but also by the Cuyahoga (“Crooked” in Iroquois) River. On it, both cities settled and established urban patterns in relation to the river, but its greatest infamy is its burning. This year marks the 50th anniversary of a river so polluted that it burned – capturing the attention of the nation. Fifty years later we celebrate a story of recovery, of this river and an environmental movement that raised awareness and radically affected policy. Our landscape will always have a critical relationship with water. That’s why we host this event every year, to bring awareness and education to the importance and impact of our natural resources.
Kent State University has facilities in both Kent and Cleveland, with many programs focused on the ecological health and recreational opportunities of the river. The CUDC and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design have committed educational and outreach programs, faculty and alumni to the advancement of the Cuyahoga River as a critical asset and determinant of our region’s future.
The 6th Annual Crooked River Commute will navigate the Cuyahoga River from Kent to Cleveland with intentions to discover its natural/unnatural beauty, research regional issues of watershed impacts and promote water access for recreation and education. While the event is already full, we hope you follow along on social media as we document the nature and experience of navigating this historic river – that sparked the nation’s environmental movement.