2020 Events and Projects

Annual Fall Just-for-Fun Float — the Pi-Rat-e Float!

Whether you’re experienced with boating on Onondaga Creek or it’s something you’ve been interested in trying, this event is for you. Each fall we enjoy one last Creek Rat paddle together down Onondaga Creek to celebrate the fall season and end to our work season. We’d love for you to join us. Costumes are encouragedit’s a Pirate Float!

This is a wonderful way to complete your first trip on the creek with some experienced company.

Have a canoe or kayak? Perfect! Bring it, your paddles, and life vests. No boat? Also perfectly fine! Just shoot us a note and let us know how many people will be joining so we can manage gear. We’ll find you a seat, paddle, and life vest, and additionally an experienced co-paddler if you’d like.

If you’re interested in joining us this year, please let us know to help us in planning.

More information on enjoying the creek

Onondaga Creek Annual Summer Cleanup

In any other year we’d pair this with the ESF student “Saturday of Service” day — it’s our annual, major in-creek and shoreline cleanup. While this year sadly we’ll be without our student help, we’re looking to maintain revitalization momentum, and keep the creek area an enjoyable place to sit, walk, roll, and boat with some physically distanced, volunteer work teams.

If you’d like to join us, please contact us so we can better prepare teams and logistics, and thank you!

Ollie’s Point, Franklin Square

Since 2005, the Creek Rats have paid particular attention to a section of shore at the final bend of Onondaga Creek in Franklin Square. Once an eyesore of garbage and overgrowth, we’ve kept this area clean for the many people using the adjacent Creekwalk. In 2018, the Creek Rats submitted a formal proposal to the City of Syracuse to plant the area with shrub willow and install a small memorial, and in 2019 we broke ground.

Small Creek Rats teams are meeting throughout 2020 as regularly as safely possible for ongoing maintenance to:

  • clear new fallen trees and brush growth that create an impasse for paddlers on the creek,
  • water the young willows at Ollie’s Point during this very hot, dry summer.

To ensure everyone’s safety, we are only working with small teams at this time. If you’re interested in assisting with tree/brush removal or watering/weeding shifts, please reach out so we can talk/email through logistics and safety with you.

…keep learning about the Ollie’s Point project

2020 Paused Events and Projects

10th Annual Creek Float

This spring marks our 10th (tenth!) annual springtime floating art parade through Armory and Franklin Squares, and we’re partnering back up with the Public Arts Task Force team to make it the biggest float yet!

Each year, art works created by school groups, local clubs and troops, and area artists float — with some in-creek help from the Creek Rats crew — down the downtown leg of Onondaga Creek while individuals and families line the Creekwalk to enjoy.

Check back for this year’s date to be announced shortly, and get thinking about what float you’ll build this year!

For more information about us, check out About the Creek Rats.