Blue Heron Homecoming

The Blue Heron Homecoming is an annual environmental festival that allows community members a chance to learn about the Akron Waterways Renewed! program. The festival features representatives from the City of Akron, firms involved with the AWR! program, and partners such as local non-profits and environmental groups. This year's Blue Heron Homecoming will be called the Cuyahoga River Homecoming to celebrate the significant water-quality improvements made to the Cuyahoga River over the 50 years since the infamous 1969 fire. See below for more information.  

The festival is named for the great blue herons that nest nearby. This four-foot-tall bird is native to the area, but its population was declining due to the poor water quality of the Cuyahoga River. Since efforts were made to improve water quality, the great blue heron has seen a resurgence in the area, and is commonly seen along the Towpath Trail, Ohio & Erie Canal, Cuyahoga River and Little Cuyahoga River. This resurgence is a testament to the work that's been done so far, and serves as a reminder of the positive impact that the AWR! program is having on the local environment. You can learn more about the great blue heron at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park website here.

Cuyahoga River Homecoming 

The Blue Heron Homecoming will actually be called the Cuyahoga River Homecoming to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire and be held in conjunction with celebrations happening all over Northeast Ohio! The event will take place June 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at Cascade Valley Metro Park, Chuckery Area. 

The Cuyahoga River Homecoming showcases the environmental progress over time for the Cuyahoga River and surrounding tributaries as well as education about the waterways and environment. This is a family event and will have a special area just for kids called Eco’s Enviro Party that is filled with hands-on activities and a visit from our mascot, Eco!

This year rain barrel vouchers will be handed out at the Cuyahoga River Homecoming as well as vouchers for tree giveaways! The rain barrels and trees will be on a first come, first serve basis and those receiving one must have an Akron zip code. Pick-up location of the barrels is still to be determined and updates will be posted. 

Exhibits at the Cuyahoga River Homecoming include an augmented reality sandbox, fishing and kayaking demonstrations, the book mobile, and the passing of the torch which is part of the Xtinguish Torch Fest. 

Parking for the event will be available at the Oxbow lot at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Community Centers will be used for bus pick-up to the event and parking. Community Centers include: North West, Patterson Park, Joy Park, Firestone Park, Ellet, and Summit Lake. 

Handicap parking is available at the Chuckery Area.  

This year's flyer is below and you can download a copy here!



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