Share the River promotes the economic, recreational and social vibrancy of Cleveland's waterfront. We create and post original content via our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) and website to 1) brand Cleveland as a waterfront city and 2) remind people how a cleaner, more vibrant river is an economic driver for Northeast Ohio. We also repost third-party content we feel provides a context for the various issues and best practices that improve the quality of regional and national natural resources which in turn, improve the quality of life for ALL of us!

We also collaborate with cross-sector stakeholders to drive social activity to Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie shoreline. Cleveland is a waterfront city and we're sharing all of the things that make for a vibrant and engaging space for residents and visitors. We're also a member of the Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force, a group of maritime and waterfront stakeholders dedicated to ensuring safe and shared use of the Cuyahoga River. From heavy industry and maritime shipping, from environmental stewardship to infrastructure, from recreation and tourism to retail and residential developments, Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie stakeholders are catalysts for the region and essential parts of Cleveland's unique theater of the waterfront. And we’re doing what we can to help make the Cuyahoga River Water Trail a reality.

We’ve recently become a partner member of Lake Erie Waterkeeper. Stay tuned for additional news on that front!

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From Our Founder, Jim Ridge

photo by mark adams

photo by mark adams

My fascination with waterfronts was pretty much a foregone conclusion given my upbringing as a Navy brat. Our family always lived near an ocean or a river, and as we bounced every two to three years between port/coastal cities like Norfolk and San Diego, I gained an appreciation for the vibrancy that flows from the waterfront mix of maritime commerce, heavy industry, tourism and recreation. There was also a fair bit of foreshadowing for me as my dad's (Capt. James J. Ridge) final stint in 1977 as a Commanding Officer was on an "Austin"-class, San Diego-based amphibious transport dock. The ship's name? The USS Cleveland. You can't make this stuff up, folks!

When my job required me to relocate from San Diego to the Midwest in 1994, it was natural for me to consider cities that bordered the Great Lakes, which are essentially inland oceans. I felt Cleveland provided the right mix of big-town amenities coupled with a strong sense of community, and it’s there I met my wife and raised our two daughters. Many who have never visited Cleveland don’t realize its direct physical connection to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River and when I joined Western Reserve Rowing Association in 2003, I experienced Cleveland from a completely different perspective - from 12 inches above the Cuyahoga River.

That experience led me to found Share the River, an organization that promotes the social, recreational and economic vibrancy of Cleveland’s waterfront. When people see pictures and videos of maritime, commercial and recreational stakeholders sharing the same body of water, it changes their perception of the Cleveland they thought they knew. Cleveland’s location on the water helped drive its growth as an industrial powerhouse. The Cuyahoga River that once was used as a pipeline for industrial pollution is now a conduit for recreation and tourism. It’s great to see how former industrial sites along the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie are now being transformed into park spaces and places where people can enjoy a drink and a meal, and increasingly, make their home. If you think you know Cleveland but haven’t spent any time here, come visit, you’ll be surprised by what you see!

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USS cleveland, lpd 7

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