Chattahoochee Riverkeeper And City Of West Point To Host Sunset Paddle & River Celebration

WEST POINT – On Saturday, May 6, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) and the City of West Point will host the 2nd Annual Chattahoochee Valley River Revival – a threemile paddle trip and river celebration. The paddle will kick off at 5 p.m. (EST) at Hardley Creek Park and finish at the West Point Downtown River Park where all are welcome to join for FREE, family- friendly festivities from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Paddle trip participants can expect a leisurely two-hour paddle on flat water and the chance to explore a pristine and undeveloped stretch of the Chattahoochee River known as The Chattahoochee Valley Blueway Trail. CRK will provide a shuttle service from the Downtown River Park to Hardley Creek Park prior to the paddle trip; CRK staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist paddlers.

The entry fee for solo boats is $20 and $30 for tandem boats (two people). The price for students is $15 solo and $25 for tandem. This includes shuttle service, on-the-water paddle guides, and two Sweetwater beers for adults once they’ve finished the paddle. Participants need to register at www.chattahoochee. org. Boats are not provided, please bring your own or reserve a rental kayak from GLL Marine Outfitter at their new location in West Point (706-756-2411).

Music by The Flathead String Band from Apalachicola, Florida will kick off the celebration at the Downtown River Park at 6pm to be followed by the Chattahoochee Rhythmkeepers, a community drum group. The Front Porch Collective, an ensemble of musicians from LaGrange, will finish the night with bluegrass tunes made for dancing. Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to learn how CRK serves the community through education programs like the West Point Lake Floating Classroom and Neighborhood Water Watch – a citizenbased water monitoring program. Other advocacy organizations and outdoor groups such as Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, LaGrange Sierra Club and the Newnan Paddlers will have information available as well. The grass lawn will be open for picnics, games and the splash pad will be ready and waiting for kids. Food will also be available from vendors and nearby restaurants.

Interface is the presenting sponsor of the event with additional support from the West Point Development Authority, The Indigo Group at Morgan Stanley, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Charter Bank, GLL Marine, Southwire Company, Renasant Bank, Hutchinson Traylor and Point University.

Please contact Henry Jacobs at hjacobs@chattahoochee. org or 706.882.3701 for information on artist and vendor booth fees and sponsorship opportunities.

About Chattahoochee Riverkeeper CRK’s mission is to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries for the people, fish and wildlife that depend upon it. For more information, visit www.chattahoochee. org.