Note: This information was provided by the Tri-City Community Action Program.
Preotle, Lane & Associates, Tufts University, and Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP) are teaming up again to host the Second Annual Malden River Festival at the Park at River’s Edge on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Sunday September 18th is the rain date. Over 20 community organizations will also be participating.
Similar to last year, this free admission community event will feature live entertainment, food vendors, giveaways, art, family-fun activities, demonstration tables, and more. New this year will be art exhibits by artists from Malden, Medford, Everett, and the surrounding communities. The art exhibits will be from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, with the other activities and entertainment running from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Free parking will be available in the River’s Edge parking lot.
Last year’s event drew roughly 1,000 participants, and the event organizers hope to build on last year’s success, celebrating the Malden River, River’s Edge, and the area’s environmental potential for the Tri-Cities.
The Malden River begins at Spot Pond and Ell Pond in Melrose and flows south towards Malden. It is culverted (piped) underground from Winter Street to Charles Street in Malden, where it is often referred to as the Malden Canal. From there, the river flows approximately two miles through Malden, Medford, and Everett, until it meets the Mystic River near the Amelia Earhart Dam.
The river’s long industrial history, urbanization, and aging municipal sewer systems have contributed to its current polluted state. However, on-going efforts, like those at River’s Edge and Tri-CAP’s Mystic River Watershed Environmental Justice Initiative, are underway to improve the Malden River as a community resource for the Tri-Cities.
The ten acre award-winning Park at River’s Edge is a public open space area that contains trails, beautiful river views, and over 8,000 plants, on a remediated brownfield site, developed by Preotle, Lane & Associates. The Tufts University crew boathouse is located in the park.
Those interested in attending and/or volunteering can contact Tri-CAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 322-4125, but an RSVP is not required to attend.