Flotilla offers fun in the sun on Flint River

FLINT — Everyone is invited to sit back and relax at the second annual Flint River Flotilla. At the event, individuals will bring flotation devices to enjoy a leisurely float down the river. The Flotilla will take place, Aug. 8 and is a fundraiser for the Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA).

FRCA Director Janet Van De Winkle said, “The Flotilla is a great way for community members to gain a new perspective on the Flint River. We had over 100 participants last year and hope to see even more people on the river for this year’s event.

From inner tubes to rafts to kayaks, people should bring a flotation device with them to the event. There will be a limited supply of inner tubes and other floating devices available for purchase the day of the Flotilla. Trophies will be awarded in various categories including the “Captain of Industry” award for the business with the most participants.

The cost to participate in the event is $10 per person, children under the age of 12 are free. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with registration starting at noon, online registration is available in advance at www.frcalliance.org. Participants are encouraged to show up at noon.

Participants will drop their cars off at Mott Park Golf Course on Sunset Drive just east of Ballenger Highway near McLaren Hospital. Anyone with a larger flotation device, such as a kayak, should proceed to the launch site to drop off their device before going back to leave their vehicle at Mott Park Golf Course.

A shuttle will transport participants to the registration and launch site at Tenacity Brewing located at 119 N. Grand Traverse St. in Flint. The Flotilla route takes approximately two hours to complete along the river.

A special thank you goes to the following event sponsors: Drs. Bobby and Nita Mukkamala, the Mass Transportation Authority, the Flint River Watershed Coalition, General Motors, the Genesee County Land Bank, Wade Trim, ROWE Professional Services, Flushing Vision Clinic, Tenacity Brewing, Elga Credit Union, Kettering University, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, and The Torch.

The FRCA is a community based organization of government, non-profit, and private sector stakeholders organized to initiate, support, and sustain projects in the Flint River Corridor that revitalize the river as a community asset while enriching the quality of life for the area’s residents, business and visitors.

“We are working to change the perception of the Flint River. We want everyone to see what a great resource it is for our community and the recreation opportunities it provides for residents,” said Van De Winkle

Anyone interested in participating at the event, volunteering, or in serving as an event sponsor should contact the FRCA at www.frcalliance.org or email Janet Van De Winkle at jvandewinkle@frcalliance.org. — G.G.

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