Pre-registration ends Thursday, August 1st at midnight. Register here! https://corridoralliance.ticketspice.com/flint-river-flotilla-2019

We need 50 volunteers to help with the Flotilla! Free t-shirt included. If you’re interested, please email sscheitler@flintriver.org.

A PDF of the Flotilla flyer is available here: Flotilla 2019 Flyer 8.5×11

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. KF Waiver final – 2019.05.24

Flint River Flotilla 2019 – Endless Summer

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Parking & After-Party at: Mott Park Recreation Area, Sunset Dr. just east of Ballenger Hwy.

Registration & Launch at: Tenacity Brewing, 119 N. Grand Traverse, Flint, MI 48503

Registration begins at 11am, Tenacity will also be open at 11am

Launch Times: Launches will be in waves this year to avoid extended lines at the start.

  • Inflatable rafts/tubes: launch at 11:30am
  • Mixed groups of inflatables & boats, or boats who will slow float: launch at 12pm
  • Boats with paddles: launch at 12:30pm

Registration: $10/person, Ages 12 & under FREE Pre-Register Here until August 1st

2019 Flint River Flotilla T-Shirts: $16 pre-order, $20 day-of

Kayak Rental for the Flotilla: $25 – There are no more kayak rentals remaining (7/31/19)

Inflatable floats: $20 (limited quantity, yours to keep)

Life Jackets: $5 (limited quantity, yours to keep)

The Flint River Flotilla returns for its 5th year as the best river party in Flint! Our theme this year is Endless Summer, so come in your best surf/paddle 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. The float will take about 2 hours. 

Stay for the after party, sponsored by Hurley Medical Center and NAETC/Local 659, at the Mott Park landing featuring live music by local band Sweet Pea, Flotilla prizes, Bella’s Food Truck, an ice cream cart by Jon Hardman, photo ops, and more!

You ticket gets you access to a shuttle from the parking area to the launch site, Flotilla entry and support along the float, access to the after-party, and an exclusive Flint River Flotilla 2019 sticker.

 Flint River Flotilla How-To:

  1. Purchase tickets & pre-order your Flotilla gear HERE through Thursday, August 1st. Day-of registration is also available beginning at 11am.
  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:
  • Wearable life jacket
  • Raft/float*
  • Payment (cards & cash accepted) if you need to register and/or want to purchase a beverage at Tenacity

The shuttle service begins at 11:00am and runs until 12:30pm. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Float through the endless summer!
  3. Enjoy the after-party at the Mott Park landing with music, food trucks, photo ops, and Flotilla prizes!

*  Event will occur rain or shine. Severe weather may delay start time.

A huge thank-you to our Flint River Flotilla 2019 sponsors!

Party Wave Joint Sponsors:




Bridge Sponsors:

Chevrolet Ave Bridge




Stevenson Bridge






Mott Park Footbridge






Surf’s Up Sponsors:

























Hang Loose Sponsors:






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 launched a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign in late January 2019 to raise $50,000 in 50 days, and ended up exceeding our goal by bringing in over $65,000! You can see the details of the campaign and project update here.

Because we met our goal, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) matched the first $50,000, essentially DOUBLING YOUR DONATION!

If you have questions or concerns about this please contact: Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager at 810-241-6966 or sscheitler@flintriver.org.

Learn more and donate here: www.patronicity.com/paddlerslanding

mliveFLINT, MI – Spray-painted walls, a crumbling facade and broken windows exposed to the elements make up much of the hulking, dilapidated building on Grand Traverse Street.

Known as the former Burroughs mill, the vacant building just south of the Flint River is now the most recent of four adjacent properties purchased by a well-known developer with intentions of cleaning up blight and continuing economic development in the area. The building, 416 Grand Traverse St., was purchased in January by River City Developments, LLC. The company is registered to Ridgway White, who was recently named president of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

White said he’s still deciding the old mill’s future, but his overall goal is to improve the area where Kearsley and Grand Traverse streets meet near the river — a central location between downtown Flint and Kettering University, and just south of Hurley Medical Center. Also in the area are the new Tenacity Brewing and a homeless shelter, My Brother’s Keeper.

“I haven’t figured out what to do with the thing,” White said of the blighted mill. “We either have to tear it down or do something with it because I don’t like it in its current state.” White also was behind the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the Riverfront Residence Hall downtown and the new Powers Catholic High School and Michigan School for the Deaf.

State records show River City was formed in 2006.

Saying the goal is “beautification and economic development,” White has made four land purchases in that Kearsley Street corridor between 2006 and January 2015: the old mill as well as 501 W. Kearsley St., 630 W. Kearsley St. and 712 W. Kearsley St. White said his interest in the area started when he bought the property at 501 W. Keasley St in 2006. While it currently houses Rogers Foam Corp., it was empty at the time.

“At that point in time, I saw an opportunity for a building that had fallen into disarray but didn’t need a ton of work so that I could create a space that could create a meaningful benefit for the city,” he said, adding that Rogers Foam Corp. brought 50 jobs. Of the four properties owned by River City, Rogers Foam Corp. and 1st Source Servall, 712 W. Kearsley St., are the only two locations that currently have a running business on it.

The fourth property is the vacant lot next door to 1st Source Servall, where work crews are currently removing the foundation of an old warehouse. “I purchased it and there is demolishing going on at the old foundation,” he said. White said he wants to clean up it to “celebrate the beauty of the river.”

Scott Lea, branch manager for the 1st Source Servall, an appliance industry parts dealer, said the business is anticipating remaining open.

“That’s the plan, to keep it here,” he said.

Lea said there have been discussions about renovating the store, which has spray paint on the side walls, much to Lea’s chagrin. Though the crews next door removing rubble have been loud, Lea said the changes to the area are exciting. Often, he said, the vacant lot is overgrown in the summer and he’s hoping the cleanup leads to future investments. It was a former Action Auto site, Lea said.

Lea said beautifying the corridor, located just south of the banks of the Flint River, could also mean more usage. He likened it to similar projects along riverbanks in Bay City and Saginaw.

“It’s time Flint does it,” Lea said.

Danette Jenkins, office manager for My Brother’s Keeper, the nearby homeless shelter, said they didn’t realize someone new had purchased parcels of land in the area until construction crews began cleaning up the vacant property between the shelter and 1st Source Servall.

“We saw some machinery coming in to do some development and that brought about some interest in what was going on,” she said. There haven’t been any discussions about River City purchasing the shelter property, Jenkins said. “No one has approached us with any discussions of that nature, not to my knowledge,” she said, adding that they’ve been easy to work with.

A garden outside of My Brother’s Keeper falls partially on land owned by River City, Jenkins said. After the two parties talked it over, River City allowed the garden to remain. “We look forward to working with any of the property owners,” Jenkins said. “We just want to make sure that the shelter guests are able to maintain the garden.”

The City of Flint faces serious challenges related to its high number of abandoned properties and vacant lots. These empty patches in the landscape pose safety risks, decrease the city’s visual quality, and often contribute to environmental contamination.

One of the most problematic vacant lots, a 130-acre property known in Flint as “Chevy in the Hole,” was a key center of manufacturing for General Motors for most of the past century. Adjacent to downtown and surrounded by residential neighborhoods, redevelopment of this riverfront property will play a key role in Flint’s recovery.

In this planning document, the Flint Futures group from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan presents two scenarios for redevelopment of Chevy in the Hole, each responding to a different series of plausible assumptions about residual contamination and Flint’s future growth. Both scenarios are based on the stated preferences of Flint’s residents and business owners.

Reimagining Chevy in the Hole Committee


The Flint River District will become a vibrant, mixed-use urban area containing stable, diverse and safe residential neighborhoods, successful research and development businesses, and new eighborhood-scale retail uses, all centered around an interconnected network of riverfront parks and natural open spaces. The vision for the District builds on three major framework elements:

  1. Reclaiming the Flint River to create an attractive and inviting open space feature at the center of the District that is integrated with the regional open space network
  2. Transforming Third Avenue into a new University Boulevard with a strong visual identity that gives prominence to adjacent institutions, and encourages new investment in surrounding neighborhoods.
  3. Implementing several strategic development initiatives that will build on these two framework elements.
Flint River District Strategy - Sasaki Plan (pdf)

Visitors to the Grand Traverse area will be happy to discover that the area’s two main rail-trails are connected, a 26 mile trip from Acme to Suttons Bay, combining an enjoyable urban experience with a leisurely ride through the woods.

The 11-mile long TART Trail is a paved urban transportation corridor that offers easy accessibility to the Grand Traverse Bay, downtown Traverse City, neighborhoods, parks, beaches, hotels, restaurants, shopping, marinas, bike shops, miniature golf, museums and the zoo.  The trail is a favorite of families, visitors, bicyclists, runners, walkers, in-line skaters and commuters.

Stretching over 15 miles through Leelanau County, the Leelanau Trail connects Traverse City and Suttons Bay. The trail creates the perfect setting for both recreation and environmental education through a route that bends through rolling hills, lush forests, picturesque orchards, peaceful meadows, and an aquatic medley of streams, lakes and ponds.

Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance


The Flint River Corridor Alliance would like to thank the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and the Ruth Mott Foundation for their generous support in making this report possible. We would also like to thank all of the neighborhood and community groups that participated in the survey and have been involved in the group. Also, thank you to all the organizations that have been working in and with the Alliance.

Final Report Flint River Corridor Alliance Mission & Priority Setting Process (pdf)