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2020 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!

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

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 area a scenic place to sit, walk, bike, and boat.

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 Kelley Brothers Park to Ollie’s Point. We’d love for you to join us — we’ll even supply the boat and safety gear if you don’t have it!

If you’re interested in joining us this year, please let us know so we can make sure we have a canoe seat, paddle, and life-vest available for you. This year’s trip will also give a good opportunity to check out progress on the expanded Creekwalk.

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