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Grand River Kick-off Event A Huge Success

Posted on 6/25/2014 by Paddle Ohio

The Sunday, June 22 Paddle Ohio Kick-off event on the Grand State Wild & Scenic River was a huge success with 55 paddlers.

The trip was 4.5 river miles going from Mason’s Landing to Helen Hazen Wyman Lake Metroparks.

From event coordinator Matthew Smith:

We were overwhelmed by the numbers of people who wanted to attend this event and could have possibly doubled the numbers if it were feasible. We had 55 people attend the event, some used ODNR canoes, Lake Metroparks canoes/kayaks, and some brought their own.

Brian Fowler from Lake Metroparks and all his staff and volunteers were wonderful to work with and provided awesome assistance. A special thank you to Bill Staiger, Scott Stauffer and Dustin Majewski: your help was invaluable. Also we had two contractual volunteers help, Pete Moss and Doug White.

One of the attendees was Judge Bartolotta and his wife. Judge Bartolotta appoints the Lake Metroparks board members. So many people who attended and also those who did not get to attend really hope that more events like this are sponsored in the future.

photo of Grand River Kick-off Float on June 22