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.
FLOTILLA POSTPONED DUE TO WORK ALONG THE RIVER
Funds Will Be Used Towards Kayak/Canoe Landing For 2018 Event
(Flint, Mich.)- The Flint River Flotilla scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 5 will be postponed until 2018. The Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA) decided to postpone the event due to construction work being done upstream from where the float takes place. In lieu of taking part of the Flotilla, the public is encouraged to participate in paddles scheduled along other portions of the river through the Flint River Watershed Coalition.
FRCA Director Vanessa Ferguson said, “The Flotilla offers a great opportunity for everyone to see what a great asset the Flint River is for our community. Because of the Consumers Energy dredging/clean-up project taking place upstream on the river we have reached the difficult decision to postpone the event.”
To learn more about the East Boulevard Remediation project visit www.consumersenergy.com/east-boulevard-remediation. The water quality of this portion of the Flint River is monitored daily. The DEQ reports that all testing results have been within permit thresholds.
“The FRCA hopes to make 2018 bigger and better than ever before. We have worked with our sponsors to secure funding for a paddlers’ landing at the ending point for the Flotilla,” explained Ferguson. “Anyone who has participated in the Flotilla knows what a great asset this landing will be to create easier access in and out of the river in Mott Park.”
The landing will be located inside Mott Park off Sunset and Ballenger Highway. The FRCA is coordinating with the City of Flint and with the Mott Park Recreation Area Board to move forward with the project. The goal is to begin work on the landing this fall. Sponsors to date for the project include General Motors, Hurley Medical Center, ROWE Professional Services Company and Diplomat Pharmacy.
As an alternative to participating in the Flint River Flotilla this year, the FRCA is encouraging individuals to register for paddles with the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) which are outside the area of the Consumers Energy Work. The cost for the paddles range from $10 to $25 per person and pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in registering for one should visit: http://flintriver.org/blog/programs/frwcs-paddles/ for more information.
The FRCA was established in 2007, to increase the overall investment and health of the Flint River Corridor. The purpose of the Alliance is to improve access to the waterway through the restoration of existing resources and to create new opportunities for recreation along the river.
“We appreciate the public’s support of the Flint River Flotilla and understand that there will be disappointment regarding this year’s cancellation. Next year we look forward to showcasing all the great improvements that will have been completed along the river. Projects range from the current construction work to the installation of the landing at Mott Park to construction connected to the Flint Riverfront Restoration Plan,” said Ferguson.
Anyone interested in learning more about the paddlers’ landing or in participating in a FRWC paddle should contact the FRCA on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/frcalliance, at www.frcalliance.org or by email Vanessa Ferguson at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Flint River Flotilla to be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The float will begin at 1 p.m. with registration opening at noon. The launch site will remain at Tenacity Brewing where registration will be held. The cost for the flotilla is $10/person, Children 12 & under free, $30 per family. Register in advance online.
=====> Participants must drop-off of their vehicles Mott Park. All participants will end up at Mott Park at the end of the float. A free shuttle will be provided to transport participants to the launch at Tenacity.
Last year we almost 250 people participate and hope to see even more participants this year. The “Captain of Industry” award will again be presented to the business with the most participants during the awards ceremony, so start planning now if you hope to have your business win this honor. The 2015 and 2016 Elga Credit Union will no doubt return to defend their back to back wins.
Our office will be moving to the campus of Kettering University. The new mailing address for the FRCA will be at the Innovation Center beginning December 1. The office overlooks the Flint River Trail, Chevy Commons, and the Flint River.
1300 Bluff Street
Flint, MI 48504
The second annual Cycling Circles event will take place at Chevy Commons on September 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event was created to give children a chance to bike along the paths at the site. We serve as a sponsor along with other community partners including the Genesee County Land Bank, Genesee County Parks, Genesee County Health Department, Hurley Medical Center and more.
We are excited to be a part of the Flint Bike Share Program. We are helping with the coordination related to bringing the Flint Bike Share Program to the area. A bike share program allows users to check out a bike to use it for a few hours or the entire day. The first station was installed at the Genesee County Parks headquarters in July 2016 and the second station opened on the Flint Cultural Center’s campus in September. Two additional stations were opened on the University of Michigan-Flint’s campus in November. Watch for future updates on our website and social media pages as new stations open.
The 2106 Flint River Flotilla had 220 participants and nearly 30 volunteers making this year’s event a huge success. Plan to join us in 2017 for another great day out on the river. A special thank you once again to all of our sponsors who made the event possible.
How long have you been a board member with the FRCA? What prompted you to want to join the board?
I’ve been involved with the FRCA since 2006, when I began my service at the University of Michigan-Flint as director of government relations. For the first two or three years, I had been asked by FRCA to join the Hamilton Dam committee given my experience of working as a congressional staffer with U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin (MI) for nine years. I was later elected to the board and I currently serve as the Chair of the FRCA.
What organization do you represent on the FRCA board and what is your job there?
For the past nine years, I have been serving as the director of government relations for the University of Michigan-Flint. I’ve been with the University of Michigan for sixteen years, having first worked on the UM-Ann Arbor campus as the associate director of State Outreach located within the Office of Government Relations.
I’m a Ph.D. Candidate at Indiana State University and my dissertation topic is going to focus on universities as anchor institutions.
What is your favorite program or project the FRCA has been involved with or is currently helping out with in Flint?
Since the beginning of the FRCA, we’ve always had a focus on the large projects that fall within the corridor: redevelopment of the former Chevy in the Hole manufacturing site, now known as Chevy Commons, the Hamilton Dam, and the Flint River Bike Trail. It’s great to see that we are have started focusing on smaller and more manageable projects like the Zagster bike sharing program and the Flint River flotilla.