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Kayakers Paddle From Kent to Cleveland for 3rd Annual Crooked River Commute

Two days and 50 miles. That is how long it took kayakers to paddle the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the 3rd annual Crooked River Commute. The event promotes the river as a shared asset for education, recreation and sustainability.

The kayakers left from Heritage Park in Kent, Ohio on Friday, Aug. 26, and celebrated their return to Cleveland by paddling into the Burning River Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. The journey included overnight camping in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which coincided with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration.

Students, faculty and alumni completed the trek, along with videographers who captured footage and interviews for a documentary about the journey. They hope to raise awareness about riverfront communities, promote freshwater design issues, and create a geographic information system (GIS) database of key river assets for future research.

Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design are committed to promoting the ecological health of the river and its recreational opportunities through outreach as well as educational and academic programs designed to promote the river as a critical asset to the region’s future.

The event caught media attention. Read more from Cleveland.com

For more information on Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, visit www.kent.edu/caed.

For more information on Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, visit www.cudc.kent.edu.

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Photo Caption:
Kayakers paddled the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the 3rd annual Crooked River Commute.

Media Contacts:
David Jurca, djurca@kent.edu, 216-337-4303
Kristin Anderson, kander63@kent.edu, 330-672-7907

POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2016 - 9:59am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:32am
WRITTEN BY:
Kristin Anderson