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MORPC Riverfest on Tour! Offers Free Family Fun
(Columbus-May 10, 2010) Discover and celebrate Central Ohio's rivers and waterways while learning the vital role they play in our environment with Riverfest On Tour! presented by Outdoor Source and organized by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). The event offers free, family-friendly activities including fishing, boating and exploring.
Riverfest On Tour! began as a 1-day celebration and quickly caught on as one of central Ohio's finest family events of the summer. Now spanning the course of a month and including several of our most beloved waterways, Riverfest On Tour! is a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family to enjoy.
"The activities are designed for all ages; our goal is to give the residents of central Ohio the opportunity to experience our greatest resource - our water. We want them to understand the importance of protecting our natural resources, but at the same time enjoy them" said Amanda McEldowney, associate planner for MORPC and the event's coordinator.
The Kick-Off event will be May 21 at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Columbus Genoa Park located on the Scioto River. Participants will enjoy free hands-on activities, fire twirlers, live music, food, and a spectacular finale as musical sensation Wonk plays to fire dancing on the Scioto River. Then, mark your calendar for children's fishing at Schrock Lake, creek exploration at Big Walnut Creek, wetland activities at Glacier Ridge Metro Park, and much more throughout May and June. Don't miss the Grand Finale event June 19 at Alum Creek State Park. Pack a picnic and join us on the beach for free boating and fishing.
For more information and activity details, visit Riverfest On Tour!'s dedicated website, www.riverfestcolumbus.org. Free activities are available to the community thanks to generous sponsorship from Outdoor Source, Medco, the City of Columbus, Franklin County and Metro Parks.
Designated as central Ohio's metropolitan planning agency, MORPC is a voluntary association of 47 local governments. The Center for Energy & Environment at MORPC serves as a community resource in the region by offering a variety of services including: daily air quality forecasts, trail coordination, educational presentations, watershed planning, home weatherization, government carbon footprint analysis and more.