FREE canoeing, paddle boarding at 2018 Riverfest

After pursuing through the rows and rows of local artwork at the Columbus Arts Fest in Bicentennial Park this weekend, cool off in Scioto River with a FREE paddle board, kayak, or canoe trip!

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Committee has partnered with the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities, Franklin County Engineer’s Office, and Metro Parks to bring you the 2018 Riverfest.

Goers of the Arts Fest will have a free opportunity to enjoy the great Scioto River on a first-come, first serve basis.

Canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking will be available at the following times:

June 9, 2018 — Noon to 6 p.m.
June 10, 2018 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


“Along with helping people feel more comfortable doing water-related activities, Riverfest has provided an opportunity to educate local residents on the importance of our region’s waterways and how to help protect and conserve them,” wrote MORPC in a release.

Last year, more than 500 people participated in Riverfest.

Looking for a place along Central Ohio rivers to launch your canoe or kayak?

MORPC in partnership with local communities, parks districts, and grassroots organizations will soon unveil an online map of blueways showing where people can safely and legally access the water for paddle sports in their neighborhoods throughout Central Ohio.

The Blueways webpage will provide additional information on water safety, boat registration, and being a steward of the water. More information will soon be available at www.morpc.org/blueways.


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