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Celebrate Clean Water and Have a Blast at Riverfest 2024

Are you ready for the most epic weekend of the summer?

Riverfest 2024 is coming your way on June 8 and June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile.

Hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and an amazing team of partners, this event is going to be the highlight of your summer. Here’s why you absolutely can’t miss it!

First up, let’s talk about the star of the show: free kayaking and paddleboarding!

Yes, you read that right—FREE! Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a newbie, Riverfest has something for everyone. Just show up, sign a waiver, and grab a safety vest. It’s first-come, first-served, so get there early to ensure you get a spot. Imagine gliding across the Scioto River, the sun shining down, and the cityscape as your backdrop. Pure bliss, right?

But Riverfest isn’t just about splashing around.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity to learn about our precious water resources. MORPC is turning this fun-filled weekend into an educational extravaganza. You’ll discover why clean water is so crucial and how you can play a part in keeping our rivers and lakes pristine. It’s all about raising awareness and inspiring action—because every little bit helps!

One of the coolest aspects of this year’s Riverfest is the involvement of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland.

These incredible young people have been busy creating videos and designing rain barrels that showcase the importance of clean water. They’re not just talking the talk; they’re walking the walk by meeting with local soil and water conservation districts. They’re learning how to protect our natural resources and exploring careers in conservation. Talk about girl power in action!

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And let’s not forget the stunning scenery.

Central Ohio is a paddler’s paradise with over 100 miles of waterways, including Alum Creek, Big Darby Creek, Big Walnut Creek, the Olentangy River, and the Scioto River. Plus, there’s a network of trails spanning more than 230 miles, connecting Central Ohio to the rest of the state and beyond. So, whether you’re on the water or exploring the trails, you’re in for some seriously breathtaking views.

Riverfest is more than just an event; it’s a community celebration.

It brings together people from all walks of life to enjoy the great outdoors and support a fantastic cause. With partners like the Franklin County Engineer’s office, Columbus Metro Parks, the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities, Be the Change for Clean Water, and the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, you know it’s going to be a top-notch, impactful event.

So, what are you waiting for?

Mark your calendars and make your way to Bicentennial Park on June 8 and 9. Whether you’re kayaking, learning about clean water, or just soaking up the sun with friends and family, Riverfest 2024 promises to be an unforgettable experience.

For more details and the latest updates, visit MORPC’s website. Get ready for an epic adventure at Riverfest 2024!