MTSU’s Stormwater Program and Environment Health and Safety office will participate in the Saturday, June 27, Boat Day event at the Murfreesboro greenway.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, with the headquarters located at the Manson Pike Greenway Trailhead off Medical Center Parkway and Searcy Street. The City of Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Department and the Stones River Watershed Association are hosting the event.
The purpose of the event is to encourage citizens to get to know their river and learn how to be safe, while learning paddling techniques and trying different styles of boats. A variety of boats and personal floatation devices will be provided, and staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist and answer questions.
Participants should wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and bring a towel. Children and youth under age 18 must be accompanied by parents or an adult.
Boat Day is an annual partner event to introduce safe paddling and recreational opportunities to local citizens, according to Cynthia Allen, environmental coordinator for MTSU Environmental Health & Safety’s Stormwater Program.
Since water quality is also important for healthy streams, booths will also be onsite to share educational information about the Stones River and the streams that flow into it. Educational materials will be provided to encourage citizens to help protect local streams and wildlife with easy-to-do actions to prevent pollution.
Each year, the last Saturday of June is reserved for Boat Day locally.