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2019 Upcoming Events and Projects

Onondaga Creek Summer Cleanup/ESF Student Work Day

Join us for shoreline or in-creek tasks (we have plenty of both!), and help us keep the creek a scenic place to walk, bike, and boat.

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.

The shrub willow will displace the invasive Japanese Knotweed to make the area both more naturally attractive and easily maintained. The memorial will celebrate the many people who’ve made a difference in their community through work on Onondaga Creek, especially our good teammate and friend retired Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Professor Ollie Club Jr, for whom we have named this point.

…keep learning about the Ollie’s Point project

The Fall Fun Paddle

Each fall new paddlers from across the community join longstanding creek volunteers to take a floating tour of Onondaga Creek from Kelly Brothers Park to Ollie’s Point. Dozens of canoeists and kayakers have joined to experience a just-for-fun float under a canopy of fall colors and to witness the deer, ducks, and wildlife not normally thought of in our urban area — stay tuned for our 2019 date!

2020 Upcoming Events and Projects

10th Annual Creek Float

June 2019 is our 10th annual springtime floating art parade through Armory and Franklin Squares. 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.

We can’t wait to celebrate our tenth anniversary with the biggest Creek Float yet! Check back as plans finalize this spring, 2020.

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