Assets matter and we are blessed in Kent to have some really wonderful natural assets like the Cuyahoga River, mature woodlands, bogs, and more wetlands than any other county in Ohio. Just in my 3 years in Kent I’ve seen terrific progress made on linking these assets through a regional network of bike trails, which means we not only have great natural resources we can actually get to them and enjoy them. Whether you’re a convert to outdoor recreation or not, here’s a few outdoor events you won’t want to miss.
1. Kent Ravenna Bike Trail Connection
The high school sports rivalry between Kent and Ravenna remains strong but I’m pleased to announce that when it comes to bike trails we set rivalries aside. The Portage Park District and Kent Parks and Recreation will be celebrating the grand opening of the final phase of the bike trail linking Kent and Ravenna this weekend. The dedication takes place at 10 a.m. on November 1st at the Lake Rockwell trailhead, just south of Beckwith’s Orchards, 1617 Lake Rockwell Road in Franklin Twp.
2. Sports Tourism in Kent: Regional High School Lacrosse Tournament
The City Manager’s Office continues to work with Kent State Athletics, Kent State School of Sports & Leisure and Kent Parks and Recreation to attract more sporting events to venues in Kent. Last year our interns landed the Ohio high school rugby state tournament and this year they’ve organized a new Fall high school lacrosse tournament that is scheduled for November 1, 2008. The tournament is bringing 14 of the top regional teams to Kent to compete in a round-robin double elimination tournament. The championship game will be held in Dix stadium. This is planned to be an annual event that we believe can attract 50+ teams in future years.
3. DICE & Standing Rock Cider Festival in Downtown Kent
Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Businesses present 5th Annual Cider Festival (billed as a deciderly different event) Saturday, November 1, 2008 12 pm-3 pm at the Home Savings Plaza (corner of Water and Main Streets in Downtown Kent). The event includes the premiere performance by The Kent Shindig All Stars (at 2 pm), the Star of the West Pie Tasting Contest (begins at noon, $100 first prize, $50 second and $25 third, no entry fee) to benefit the Davey Elementary PTO, hot cider and carmel apples from Beckwith’s Orchards, an old fashioned cider press demonstration with Mark and Barb Strickler, baked goods by Stahl’s Bakery, children’s art table with Nonnie Swann and much more.
4. Downtown Kent Ghost Walk
The Main Street Kent Ghost Walk will focus on tales of haunted Kent in the downtown area and the residential historic district in and around West Main Street. Attendees will tour the neighborhoods on foot as storytellers share tales of haunted Kent at stops along the way. Walks leave every 20 minutes from The Kent Stage
Friday, Oct 30, 2008 — 5:30pm to 10pm
Saturay, Nov 1, 2008 — 5:30pm to 10pm
5:30 Ghost Walk — Handicapped Accessable Van
Purchase Tickets Online
Tickets also available at Woodsy’s Music and Spin-More Records
$10 per person, $8 students/seniors
For More Information Contact: Kent Historical Society at (330) 678-2712 or Main Street Kent at (330) 677-8000.
NEXT WEEKEND – NOVEMBER 8TH
5. Brady’s Leap Adventure Race
Sign up now for the first annual Kent Outdoor Adventure Race scheduled for November 8th, 2008. This new Kent event is sponsored by the Wellness Center of Kent State University and is open to students, Wellness Center members, and anyone that wants to strap on their kayak, compass and outdoor gear to compete against other outdoor adventure types. Besides being a great way to spread the gospel of fitness, the event is a terrific showcase for the Kent area outdoor recreational opportunities. The race starts on a bike at the Wellness Center which some 7 miles later becomes a kayak/canoe at Brady Lake, then back on the bike to Towner’s Woods for some compass orienteering on foot, back to the bike to Standing Rock in the Cuyahoga River, again on the bike down to Fred Fuller Park for a cable crossing over the River, back on the bike to return to the Wellness Center to complete the race. Fantastic stuff. Download a Race Packet