Pedal to DC: Book tour authors coming to Holliday Park

Amy and Dave FreemanCovering 2,000 miles and crossing nine states, authors and National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Amy and Dave Freeman are biking from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, D.C. this spring to promote their new book, A Year in the Wilderness, and continue their efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of our country’s most precious and expansive Wilderness areas.

The Freemans are towing a canoe behind their bikes, which will serve as a reminder of the wilderness they have pledged to protect, and they are coming to Holliday Park! Come hear them speak May 26, 3:30 p.m., at Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road. Download a PDF file with more information or visit their web site.

Downtown White River Cleanup postponed

cleanup tee shirt designWe hope to reschedule the Annual Downtown White River Cleanup for this fall. This is the 30th anniversary of a downtown event that has removed nearly two million pounds of litter, trash and illegally dumped debris all along the river’s bank.

Our plan still will be that volunteers work between Washington and Raymond streets from 8 a.m. to noon. All who join in that day will be rewarded with a pizza lunch.

map to cleanup
View a meeting location map on Google Maps.

The meeting location will remain 1052 Oliver Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46221 — enter the parking lot from Oliver Street.

View a meeting location map on Google Maps.

It’s a way you can make a difference at a family friendly event. Can’t join in the work that day? How about making a “birthday gift” on behalf of the river cleanup that has led to multiple ongoing efforts on behalf of White River?

We are especially pleased this year to have been selected as a 2017 Cleanup Champion by American Rivers. Woo-hoo! Let’s keep up the good work!

2017 Cleanup Champion

Gift of trailer & canoes

canoe trailerThis past autumn, Friends of the White River accepted the generous gift of a sturdy custom trailer and four Wenonah Adirondack canoes, along with a dozen paddles. Our donor, Neil Laymon of Warren, Indiana, saw the potential for us to put these to good use during cleanups or to introduce people to the river. The deep trailer well has a metal mesh bottom to allow wet things to drain and dry while in transit and all of the gear — trailer, boats and paddles — is in great shape.