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Monday, June 14, 2010

Free Boating On Stones River 6/26/10

The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department will hold the sixth annual Boat Day on Saturday June 26 from 9 AM to 12 noon at the Manson Pike trailhead of the Stones River Greenway, off Medical Center Parkway. The Stones River Watershed Association will provide volunteers to help with the event. This will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to discover a new way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Stones River right in the heart of Murfreesboro.

The town of Smyrna will also hold its third annual Boat Day, sponsored by the town’s Stormwater Management Program, with assistance from the Stones River Watershed Association. The Smyrna event will be held at the Stewart Creek Recreational Area, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on the west side of Weakley Lane. The Smyrna event will be held from 9 AM to 1 PM. Both events are free and open to all. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The event promotes recreational use and protection of our river systems.

The sponsoring organizations will provide canoes and kayaks, along with personal flotation devices so that new river users and oldtimers can enjoy the river and the Greenway from a new perspective. Experienced paddlers will be on hand to demonstrate skills and safety requirements. Dick’s Sporting Goods is providing a kayak and paddle to be given away in a drawing. In addition to the sponsors, various community organizations will have exhibits for participants to learn more about the river and recreational opportunities.

Anyone wishing to participate in Murfreesboro may meet at the Manson Pike Trailhead of the Stones River Greenway, at 1208 Searcy Street just off the Medical Center Parkway. Searcy Street is about a mile west of the the intersection of Broad Street and Medical Center Parkway.

To participate in Smyrna, turn north on Weakley Lane from Sam Ridley Parkway and proceed 2.4 miles before turning left. Once in the park turn right at the first intersection.

The Stones River Watershed Association is made up of people who care about our rivers. For more information, view the website: www.stoneswatershed.org.

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