Thank you for Joining Us at River Rally on June 25, 2022 

Check out photos of the event on Facebook! 

 The Cuyahoga River Rally celebrated the progress of the Cuyahoga River and the recreational and lifestyle enhancements clean water provides. 

Cuyahoga River Rally is part of Cleveland History Days, a week long celebration of our city’s rich legacy.

2022 Schedule of Events – Registration Open Now! 

Festival Village and Beer Garden, 12-5 PM

Head to Hart Crane Memorial Park to enjoy an afternoon of live music in our beer garden.

Participate in free, hands on activities from our friends at: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Great Lakes Science Center, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland Amateur Boatbuilding and Boating Society, Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program, Cleveland Water, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, and more. 

Music Line-up


Riverside Yoga with OneTreeLove, 10:15 – 11:00 AM

Join us for a free, outdoor yoga class from OneTreeLove instructor Lisa Meranti for all-level outdoor yoga to connect mind, body, and planet. We will celebrate summer, the Cuyahoga River, and community through yoga poses, mindfulness, breathing practices, and natural elements you may feel the therapeutic effects of outdoor yoga. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and drinking water.

Kayak Tours

Kayak River Clean Up with Trash Fish, 10 AM and 12:30 PM 

Bring your own kayak to Cuyahoga River Rally and join Eddie “Trash Fish” Olschansky in a fun and rewarding morning river clean-up session. Participation is free. Buckets and trash grabbers provided.

Guided Kayak Cuyahoga River History Tour, 11:30 AM, 1:30PM & 3:30 PM

Bring your own kayak and join Peter Bode of Community Life Collaborative and Jordyn Stoll of AOC Outreach Committee on a kayak tour down the Cuyahoga. As you paddle, you’ll learn about the history of the river, current projects, and how you can help restore and improve Cuyahoga River water quality.

Reservations must be made no later than Friday, June 24th at 12pm.

Walking Tours

Urban Birding Walking Tour, 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM

The urban Flats of Cleveland may not be an obvious place to search for birds. However, with a vital water source in the Cuyahoga River, the number of species that live in this recovering habitat can be quite surprising. Join Matt Matt Debelak, Education Coordinator of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium on a walk along the river and search for ducks, hawks, herons, swallows, and many other birds that may be utilizing this aquatic resource in different ways. A limited amount of binoculars will be available at the event on a first-come first-served basis.

Walking Tour of the Lower Cuyahoga River Area of Concern, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM

Take a scenic walk along the Lower Cuyahoga River Area of Concern on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The journey will start and finish at Hart Crane Park and wind up the ‘Crooked River’ pausing to observe areas where river restoration actions have been implemented, including areas where fish habitat has been installed, erosion has been remediated, and public access points have been established. Leading the tours are Bill Hughes, Tom Rayburn, and members of the Cuyahoga AOC Advisory Committee. DISTANCE : 2 miles with hills.

Bike Tours

Where the River Burned – Bike Tour, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Ride your bike to River Rally and join Jim Sheehan and the Ohio City Bike Co-Op team for a 5-mile guided bike tour. On the tour, you’ll learn about the Cuyahoga River Fires, the comeback of a river left for dead, and the history of Cleveland’s Industrial Valley. The ride starts at Hart Crane Park and makes tour stops at Irishtown Bend, Canal Basin Park, Fire Station #21, Sokolowski’s Overlook, 1952 fire overlook, Collision Bend overlook, and returns to Hart Crane Park. Please note: Bikes are not provided. 


Boat Tours

Cleveland History Days Boat Tour: “Cleveland’s Role in Great Lake Shipbuilding,” 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Frank Piccirillo will be your tour guide for a complimentary 30-minute river history and development talk aboard the Holiday Boat. We’ll explore Cleveland’s role in shipbuilding from the canal era through Great Lakes freighters, and how both sides of the river were actively involved in this pursuit.

Cleveland History Days Boat Tour: “Canal Basin Park & Hart Crane Memorial Park,” 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM 

Tom Yablonsky and Tim Donovan will be your tour guides for a complimentary 30-minute river history and development talk aboard the Holiday Boat. O this tour, we’ll discuss the potential of public art and murals in a reimagined Hart Crane Park and share the story of Cleveland’s famed Bridge War of 1836.

Holiday Boat Leisure River Tour, 4:30 PM

Soak up the sun and the scenery along the Cuyahoga River during this relaxing 30-minute boat ride on the Holiday boat.

The Holiday is one of Cleveland’s premier private, custom cruise providers. Since 1982 Holiday Boat Charters has been creating memorable experiences for Clevelanders on their 65-foot, steel -hulled vessel. This tour has been generously donated by our friends at Holiday Boat Charters.

Dragon Boat Rides, 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM and 4:15 PM

Take a ride on a Dragon Boat! Cleveland Dragon Boat Association, a little-known secret on the Cuyahoga River, joins Canalway to offer complimentary Dragon Boat experiences. Learn about this growing sport and start a new adventure with them.

Parking and Transportation

Our Riverfront is BUSTLING and parking is limited. Minimal street parking is available on Columbus Road and in the Ohio City and The Flats  neighborhoods within a 5 to 10 minute walk of the park.

We recommend taking a ride share, the RTA or biking!

Ride Your Bike

Hart Crane Memorial Park is easily accessible from the Towpath Trail, Centennial Lake Link Trail and the Red Line Greenway. If you need to drive to access the Towpath Trail, you can park in public Towpath Parking at 1429 Abbey Ave and then ride (or walk) the 1 mile to Hart Crane Park along the Towpath and Centennial Lake Link Trail. Street Parking is also available along the Towpath Trail at Scranton Road. 

Take the RTA

Hart Crane Memorial Park is a short walk from the W. 25th Red Line Station and multiple bus stops on W. 25th and Lorain. Let RTA do the driving!