River City celebrates Rivers Day on Sunday, Sept. 25, with a host of events at Riverside Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m..
World Rivers Day is a free family event that celebrates rivers and encourages residents to learn about watersheds, water conservation, and river stewardship.
The City is organizing the event with participation by a variety of local organizations, including BIG Little Science Centre, B.C. Wildlife Park, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and WildSafeBC.
There will be local entertainers and musicians, as well as arts and crafts for all ages. There will also be free face painting and a bouncy house for the kids.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, coordinated by local TRU student Julie Dixon, takes place after 11 a.m.
Throughout the day, there will be various family activities and interactive games. All will have the opportunity to take home water-saving gadgets and “fish” for prizes. Booths will be set up by local not-for-profit agencies and businesses to share information on how they support the environment and promote sustainability within our community.
The event began in 1980, when Mark Angelo organized an inaugural event in Burnaby. In 2005. Since then it has expanded and spawned World Rivers Day. With close to 100,000 people participating in B.C. alone, World Rivers Day continues to work toward greater awareness of water-related issues, promoting core values associated with sustainability, conservation, and river stewardship.