Our Sustainable Cleveland Summit Pitch for Blazing Paddles on the Cuyahoga River

We’re heading to the Sustainable Cleveland Summit shortly where we’ll be sharing with folks our experience of hosting Blazing Paddles on June 23, 2018, one year before the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire. If you’re not familiar with the fun that happened at Blazing Paddles this year, check out our blog post Blazing Paddles Paddleboard Race Stokes the Cuyahoga River.

Once we got the inaugural Blazing Paddles under our belt, we began to focus on what needed to happen for an expanded Blazing Paddles that would incorporate expanded recreational uses of the river to show the world on June 22, 2019 how far the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland have come since the June 22, 1969 fire.

Someone whispered in our ear we should reach out to Brewster Rhoads, the founder and chair of the Ohio River Paddlefest. After a few conversations with Brewster it became clear we HAD to experience that event for ourselves and we spent three days watching Brewster, his management team, and an army of volunteers host a flawless event on the Ohio River.

Listening to Brewster talk about the vision for the Ohio River Paddlefest reminded us a LOT about our efforts to reframe the Cuyahoga River (and Cleveland) narrative. See if you agree!

One amazing aspect of the Ohio River Paddlefest is how it raises over $100,000 for Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. Imagine what impact an initiative like that could have on Cleveland’s kids. Listen to Outdoor Adventure Clubs’ Executive Director, Kirsten MacDougal talk about how the Ohio River Paddlefest helps Cincinnati area kids.

If we talked with you today and you checked out this post, we hope you have a better feelling for the opportunity at hand. Let’s work together to make it happen on June 22, 2019!

Blazing Paddles Paddleboard Race Stokes the Cuyahoga River

Blazing Paddles Paddleboard Race Stokes the Cuyahoga River

Our goal for Blazing Paddles was to reframe the Cuyahoga River narrative and we were so pleased media picked up on a paddleboarding race as a perspective-changer for recreational use of a river that formerly served as a cultural reference point for environmental ruin.

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Happy 60th Anniversary Goodtime III

Happy 60th Anniversary Goodtime III

Last night's cruise on the Goodtime III reminded us of the old line about a busman's holiday: A holiday in which you spend most of your time doing the same or something very similar to your normal work. Ostensibly we were guests of the Goodtime III's 60th Anniversary Cruise along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.

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Don't Be Like These Cuyahoga River boaters...

Don't Be Like These Cuyahoga River boaters...

Here's a look at the scrum that happens on the Cuyahoga River when the Norfolk Southern Bridge has a lift on a busy day. The Goodtime III Captain's view from the wheelhouse is much different (further back and lower) than the security cam's view (it's mounted higher and looks down).

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It Took the Hapless Cleveland Browns to Provide A Much Needed Perspective on Lake Erie

It Took the Hapless Cleveland Browns to Provide A Much Needed Perspective on Lake Erie

But the Lake Erie PR pulse from last week's Browns announcement made us realize Lake Erie's ongoing challenges with algae blooms has tainted the public mindset to a point where a spoiled Lake Erie has finally eclipsed the Cuyahoga River as shorthand for out-of-towners to kick Cleveland in the shins

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The Faces and Voices of RiverSweep

The Faces and Voices of RiverSweep

Saturday's RiverSweep saw over 700 volunteers fan out across the Cuyahoga River corridor to be part of what Canalway Partners calls "Ohio's largest done-in-a day clean-up". Individuals, students, and organizations descended upon 9 clean-up sites in the Cuyahoga River watershed and after three hours of effort, headed to Hart Crane Park for Sainato's pizza and music. 

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Coffee Outside on the Cuyahoga River with Joy Machines Bicycle Shop

Coffee Outside on the Cuyahoga River with Joy Machines Bicycle Shop

Joy Machine's Bicycle Shop decide to host a pop-up event called simply enough "Coffee Outside" at the "spoon", Canalway Partners' name for the Scranton Flats pier jutting out over the river.

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Opening Day for the 2018 Great Lakes Maritime Season on the Cuyahoga River

Opening Day for the 2018 Great Lakes Maritime Season on the Cuyahoga River

With spring officially three weeks off, Northeast Ohio looks for any signs of its early arrival and Tuesday delivered as Interlake Steamship Company's Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder made its first trip of the 2018 maritime shipping season up the Cuyahoga River.

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on the Cuyahoga River

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on the Cuyahoga River

Today our nation remembers, commemorates, and celebrates the birth of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and we're reminded of King's impact on something he may not be widely recognized for: the rebirth of the Cuyahoga River.

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