Kayakers To Paddle From Kent to Cleveland for 3rd Annual Crooked River Commute | Kent State University

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

Two days and 50 miles. That is how long it will take 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 is intended to promote the river as a shared asset for education, recreation and sustainability.

The kayakers will leave from Heritage Park in Kent, Ohio on Friday, Aug. 26, and celebrate 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 includes overnight camping in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which coincides with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration.

Students, faculty and alumni will complete the trek, along with videographers who will be capturing 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 kayakers will be sharing their journey live via social media. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #RiverCommute.

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 will paddle the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University to Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for the 3rd annual Crooked River Commute on Aug. 26-27.

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

POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2016 - 9:51am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:58am
WRITTEN BY:
Kristin Anderson