Ohio’s Great Corridor, an organization formed to utilize local waterfront areas, held their first annual Great Float on Thursday, June 21 in Tipp City at Adventures on the Great Miami. More than 130 people took advantage of the opportunity to canoe or kayak the waters for a near two mile trek down the river.
An executive team member of the Ohio Great Corridor (OGC), Tom Kendall, whose also Troy councilman was very pleased with the response. “We thought if we could get 50 people here it would be a success, and we got much more than that,” he said.
The four main goals of the OGC are to develop city waterfronts, promote recreation and tourism, preserve farmland and protect open spaces. They promote that between cities, the River Corridor embraces some of Ohio’s most picturesque and productive farmland and exquisite natural areas.
“We are working to make the corridor a destination point for festivals and special events along its bank all year long,” said Kendall.
In addition to Kendall, the executive committee of the OGC also includes Troy’s project manager Stan Kegley; Miamisburg councilman Charlie Case; and Dayton commissioner Dan Whaley. They would like to get other cities involved in promoting local businesses, restaurants and other activities to those who use the river, bike paths, or walking trails.
Along the corridor from North Sidney down to Fairfield is a host of opportunities for visitors including public markets, metro parks, historic communities, museums and sporting events.
The Great Float also included an array of food and live entertainment at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 Ross Rd. Those who canoed or kayaked could relax while others could be educated further about the OGC. “We knew that Chris Jackson, (owner) would take great care of us here at Adventures on the Great Miami,” said Kendall.
For more information on the OGC, visit ohiosgreatcorridor.com.