Join us at Hart Crane Park (get map) for a full day of fun along the river. The Cuyahoga River Rally celebrates the progress of the Cuyahoga River and the recreational and lifestyle enhancements clean water provides. 

Tickets are not required to enter the event, however, advance registration for tours is required, as space is limited.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

9:00 AM – 5 PM 

Register for Cuyahoga River Rally Events

 

Festival Village Activities — Our friends at PHASTAR are bringing the Putzfrau to Cuyahoga River Rally! The Putzfrau “Cleaning Lady” is the vessel renowned for the early 1970s cleanup of the Cuyahoga.  In addition to live music, river tours, and yoga, Hart Crane Park will have activities from Canalway Partners, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Upcycle Parts Shop, TAKE A HIKE®, PHASTAR & Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School, Cleveland Amateur Boatbuilding and Boating Society, Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program, and more. Plus, we’re delighted to host “Wings and Voices of Cuyahoga Valley:  How Birds Connect Us to Our Environment” a traveling, photography exhibit from nationally renowned, local photographer and author Jim Roetzel. 

LIVE MUSIC

YOGA

Adult Riverside Yoga with One Tree Love in Hart Crane Park

Cuyahoga River Rally kicks-off with a free outdoor yoga class along the river in Hart Crane Park. Join OneTreeLove instructor Lisa Meranti for all-level outdoor yoga to connect mind, body, and planet. We will celebrate summer, the Cuyahoga River, and the coming together of our community. Through yoga poses, mindfulness, breathing practices, and natural elements you may feel the therapeutic effects of outdoor yoga. 

Level: beginner-friendly, all-levels welcome

Gear: wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and drinking water.

SESSION TIME: 9:30-10:15 AM | REGISTER

 

Family Riverside Yoga with One Tree Love in Hart Crane Park

Families with kids ages 7 and up are invited. Budding yogis (going into 2-6 grades) can learn and practice yoga movement and mindfulness with certified yoga instructor Lisa Meranti of OneTreeLove. The class will be focused on connecting to self, each other, and nature.

Level: beginner-friendly, all-levels welcome

Gear: wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and drinking water.

SESSION TIME: 11:00-11:45 AM | REGISTER

 

KAYAK TOURS

KAYAK RENTALS:  Kayaks are not provided for the above tours. Advance kayak rentals for Cuyahoga River Rally activities are available through Burning River Adventures. ONE-HOUR RATE: Single Kayak – $20.61 | Tandem Kayaks – $30.91 – BOOK ONLINE: DIRECT LINK or Call (330) 969-BOAT — if reserving by phone, make sure to mention “Cuyahoga River Rally” when making your reservation. Your kayak and life jacket will be delivered to Hart Crane Park for use. Reservations must be made no later than Friday, June 18th at 12pm.

 

Kayak River Clean Up with Trash Fish

At least five days a week, Eddie “Trash Fish” Olschansky can be found in his kayak on the Cuyahoga River, trash grabber in hand. Bring your Kayak to Cuyahoga River Rally and join Trash Fish in a fun and rewarding morning river clean-up session sponsored by Canalway Partners. Participation is free. Buckets and trash grabbers provided. Learn more about Trash Fish | Follow Trash Fish on Instagram  

SESSION TIMES: Session #1: 10 AM-11 AM  +  Session #2: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM | REGISTER

 

Guided Kayak Cuyahoga River History Tour 

Join Peter Bode (West Creek Conservancy) and Jordyn Stoll (AOC Outreach Committee) on a kayak trip down the Cuyahoga. As you paddle and float you’ll learn about the history of the river, current projects and plans and you can help in restoring and improving Cuyahoga River water quality conditions. 

SESSION TIMES: Session #1: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM  +  Session #2: 2:00-3:00 PM | REGISTER

 

Paddle With Your Pals (Kayak, Canoe, or Paddleboard)

Gather your friends and join us in celebrating the progress of the Cuyahoga River and the recreational and lifestyle enhancements clean water provides. Costumes encouraged! Need something to splash up your paddle style? Upcycle Parts Shop will be at Hart Crane park from 1-3 PM with their Upcycle Buffet to help you create the perfect costume.

SESSION TIME: 4:00 PM | REGISTER

 

BOAT TOURS

Holiday Boat River History Tour

Join Canalway Partners on the Holiday tour boat for a complimentary 30-minute river history boat ride. Tim Donovan will be your tour host, sharing fascinating facts about Cuyahoga River history and Cleveland’s developments. 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.

SESSION TIMES: Session #1: 2:00-2:30 PM  + Session #2:  2:45-3:15 PM | REGISTER

 

WALKING TOURS

Walking Tour of the Lower Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC) Participants will 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. Examples include areas where fish habitat has been installed within the shipping channel, erosion has been remediated along the river banks with best management practices, and public access points have been established. Leading the tour is Bill Hughes, the vice-chair of the Cuyahoga AOC Advisory Committee. He is a geologist that has worked in the environmental remediation industry for over 30 years. One of his first projects was along the Cuyahoga River where 40,000 gallons of jet fuel were recovered from the groundwater adjacent to the river. He will be joined by other members of the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern Advisory Committee.

SESSION TIMES: Session #1: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  + Session #2:  1:30 – 2:30 PM | REGISTER

BIKE TOURS

Where the River Burned – Bike Tour

Join Jim Sheehan and the Ohio City Bike Co-Op team for a 5-mile guided “Where the River Burned” 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. 

SESSION TIMES: Session #1: 12:00 – 1:00 PM  +  Session #2: 2:30-3:30 PM | REGISTER