Join us downtown on March 8th, 9th, and 21st to support the Paddlers’ Landing! Learn more and donate at www.patronicity.com/paddlerslanding.
The Corridor Alliance Chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition is working with the Mott Park Recreation Association (MPRA) and the City of Flint to help residents reclaim the Flint River through increased access for all. In response to community & resident input gathered by the MPRA in 2015, we are partnering to build a safe river access point at the Mott Park Recreation Area off of Sunset Drive near Ballenger Highway. This landing will provide an opportunity for all Flint residents to safely access the river.
We need your help to make it happen! We have launched a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 in 50 days! The campaign runs from January 31st, 2019 to March 21st, 2019. Please contribute to our community-led effort to provide safe access for all to our Flint River – and check out our awesome thank you gifts. Can’t afford to donate? Help by spreading the word about our campaign to your friends, relatives, and neighbors!
IF we meet our goal the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will match that, essentially DOUBLING YOUR DONATION! Support us by giving here or sharing this campaign on social media using the easy share buttons at the top of this page.
If you prefer to give by cash or check please drop/mail donations to: The Flint River Watershed Coalition at 1300 Bluff Street, Suite 114, Flint, MI 48504.
If you have questions or concerns about this please contact: Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager at 810-241-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more and donate here: www.patronicity.com/paddlerslanding
Join us on Thursday, January 31st from 6pm-9pm at Factory One in Carriage Town for updates on our progress in 2018, as well as exciting announcements about our plans for 2019. Food, cash bar, and exciting raffles. RSVP and/or purchase your tickets HERE.
The 2018 Flint River Flotilla was a huge success, with over 200 participants floating the Flint River from Tenacity Brewing to paradise. Despite low water levels due to the continuing drought, folks enjoyed a relaxing and convivial time, ending with an after-party at Mott Park Recreation Area. Participants were treated to music by the Boys & Girls Club of Flint Steel Band, burgers from Bella’s Concessions, and had fun with a photo station, kayak raffle, and information about the Flint River.
Check out the full photo album here.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and we’ll see you next year!
Wade Trim won this year’s Captains of Industry prize for the most participants!
Best Costume Prize – Bob
Best Float Prize – Neil
Kayak Raffle Winner – Michele!
Pre-registration ended Tuesday, July 31st at midnight. But you can still register and buy merch in-person on Saturday starting at noon!
We are still looking for volunteers to help with the Flotilla. If you’re interested, please email email@example.com for details!
A PDF of the Flotilla flyer is available here: 2018 Flotilla Flyer
Save time on Flotilla day – fill out your liability waiver in advance! Download and print the waiver, complete and sign the bottom of the form, and bring with you to Flotilla registration. Minors must have a guardian signature to participate.
2018 Flint River Flotilla – Float to Paradise
Saturday, August 4th, 2018
Parking & After-Party at: Mott Park Recreation Area, Sunset Dr. east of Ballenger Hwy.
Registration & Launch at: Tenacity Brewing, 119 N. Grand Traverse, Flint, MI 48503
Registration & launching begins at 12pm, Official float kick-off at 1pm
Registration: Ages 18+ $10, Ages 13-17 $5, Ages 12 & under FREE
2018 Flint River Flotilla T-Shirts: $20 (Sizes 2X-4X: $22)
Kayak Rental: $25 (Only 15 available; Register online or call in advance to reserve a kayak)
Inflatable floats: $20 (only 20 available)
Life Jackets: $5 (only 20 available)
The Flint River Flotilla returns for its 4th year as the best river party in Flint! This year, we’re floating to paradise with an island theme, so come in your finest island attire and decorate your boat to match. Bring your inner tube, paddle board, kayak, canoe, or anything that floats (plus a life jacket!) and join us on this relaxing and fun journey down the Flint River from Tenacity Brewing to the Mott Park Recreation Area. Water levels are low right now and we estimate it will take about 2 hours to paddle the Flotilla route, and about 3 hours to float it without paddling.
Stay for the after party, sponsored by General Motors, at the Mott Park landing featuring the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint Steel Band with some fantastic island rhythm, a kayak raffle courtesy of Northwoods of Pinconning, Flotilla prizes, food trucks, photo ops, and more!
You ticket gets you access to a shuttle (provided by Mott Community College) from the parking area to the launch site, American Canoe Association insurance, Flotilla entry, and a neon “I made it to paradise!” sticker, exclusive for 2018 participants.
Flint River Flotilla How-To:
1. Purchase tickets & pre-order your Flotilla gear here through July 31st. Day-of registration is also available beginning at noon.
2. Park at Mott Park Rec Area (former Mott Park Golf Course) – enter off Sunset Dr. east of Ballenger Hwy (see map below).
3. Hop on the shuttle to the registration and launch site at Tenacity Brewing, 119 Grand Traverse. Be sure to bring your:
- Life jacket
- Payment (cards & cash accepted) if you need to register and/or want to purchase a beverage at Tenacity
The shuttle service begins at 11:45am and runs until 12:45pm. Please bring your rafts uninflated for transport on the shuttle. Air compressors available. *If you’re bringing a canoe or kayak, drop it off at Tenacity Brewing (119 N. Grand Traverse) and then proceed with your vehicle to the parking area at Mott Park and hop on the shuttle back to the launch site.
4. Fill out liability waiver (also available to download above) and get a hand stamp. Everyone under 18 must have a guardian signature on liability waiver. All participants must wear a life jacket. No alcohol on the river. We will have limited life jackets available for purchase at registration for $5 each.
5. Float to paradise!
6. Enjoy the General Motors after-party at the Mott Park landing with a steel drum band, food trucks, a kayak raffle, and Flotilla prizes!
* Event will occur rain or shine. Severe weather may delay start time.
If you have questions about the event, please email Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 810-241-6966 during business hours.
A huge thank-you to our 2018 Flint River Flotilla sponsors!
Treasure Chest Landing Sponsor:
Paradise Pass Bridge Sponsors:
Gilligan’s Island Sponsors:
Parrot Head Sponsors:
Coconut Coast Sponsors:
We had a wonderful time at Cycling Circles 2018! Thanks to everyone for coming, especially our vendors, Recycle Bike Shop & Mobile Bike Repair, Flint Children’s Museum, For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, Commit to Fit, Kidney Foundation of Michigan, MSUE Genesee County, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren Health Plan! Check out some of the superheroes in training below. To see the full album, please visit https://bit.ly/2IDZyXf.
Merger will consolidate efforts to protect, promote, and improve Flint River Watershed
(Flint, Mich.) – The Flint River Watershed Coalition is pleased to announce a merger with the Flint River Corridor Alliance. “The opportunities this merger brings are well-timed,” said Kathleen Gazall, FRCA Board President, “These two organizations have worked closely together since the founding of the Corridor Alliance in 2007. As a combined entity, we will be better stewards of our organizational resources and expand our capacity to revitalize the river at a time when our joint work on initiating the Riverfront Restoration in Downtown Flint is coming to fruition.”
“We are excited that the Corridor Alliance is now an official chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition,” said Rebecca Fedewa, Executive Director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition. “This decision is well-aligned with our mission to serve the entire Flint River Watershed. The merger gives us more capacity to work on community reinvestment in the Flint River Corridor without redirecting any resources away from the other communities in our watershed.”
Under the merger, effective January 1st, 2018, the Corridor Alliance became an official chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition. The Corridor Alliance Chapter will continue to work along the river corridor in the city of Flint with annual events such as Cycling Circles and the Flint River Flotilla, as well as with partnerships on projects like installing a Paddlers’ Landing at Mott Park Recreation Area. The Flint River Watershed Coalition continues to maintain its broader focus on all seven counties that make up the Flint River Watershed through projects such as water quality monitoring, the GREEN environmental education program, the Flint River Paddling Program, and annual Stewardship Day activities.
The bikes have arrived on campus at Kettering University as part of the Flint Bike Share Program as of last week. The installation is the seventh station as part of the program to launch since 2016.
Hear more about Cycling Circles to be held at Chevy Commons today. All ages are welcome to attend the free bicycling event. You can bring your own bicycle or you can borrow one from organizers.