2020 Events and Projects
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!
- Sat, Aug 29th, 2020 @ time TBD (Facebook event details)
- Meetup at Spencer & Maltbie [Google] (look for people wearing bright green shirts)
- Dress to get muddy, and plan to have fun! Closed-toe, sturdy shoes are a must for anyone doing in-creek work.
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.
The Fall Fun Paddle [TENTATIVE 2020]
Each fall new paddlers from across the community join longstanding creek volunteers to take a floating tour of Onondaga Creek from Kelley Brothers Park to Ollie’s Point. We’d love for you to join us — we’ll even supply the canoe, safety gear, and a canoe buddy!
This is a wonderful way to complete your first trip on the creek with some experienced company.
If you’re interested in joining us this year, please let us know to help us in planning.
- Stay tuned for the fall 2020 date and time
- Meetup at Kelley Brother’s Park [Google]
In the meantime, the expanded Creekwalk is now open for local walking, running, or rolling from Kirk Park all the way to Onondaga Lake. This gives great views of the creek as well! Or, enjoy our virtual paddle down the creek.
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.