The second annual Malden River Festival at the Park at River’s Edge drew hundreds of residents from the Tri-City Area to the Malden Riverfront to celebrate the river and the beautiful Park at River’s Edge on Saturday, September 17th.
An estimated 800 people attended the event, which featured free informational tables, games, entertainment, and art exhibits. Food was available for purchase at reduced prices, provided by the Café at River’s Edge and Preotle Lane & Associates, the developer of River’s Edge.
More than 20 community groups participated and shared information and activities about the environment, health, and local issues at tables spread out along the main path of the park. Artists from the surrounding areas displayed their work on the “Great Lawn” in the park.
Live entertainment was staged on the patio of the Tufts Boathouse, which was graciously offered for this event by the university. Performers included the Everett High School Marching Band, the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy from Malden, musician Michael Maloney from Medford, Dance with Brigitte Dancers from Malden, musician Pastor Ricardo Valcy from Medford, and musician Casey Sullivan from Malden.
Fifty Tufts University rowers and several community members volunteered to help with set-up, clean-up, and other logistics for the event.
Community events like this one and similar efforts are helping residents of Malden, Medford, and Everett reclaim the Malden River as a community resource. For more information or to get involved in river-related efforts residents should contact Nick Cohen of Tri-CAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 322-4125 x237. Those interested can also get involved with the Mystic River Watershed Association by visiting www.MysticRiver.org.