Festival Celebrates Local Parks and Outdoor Activities

October 24, 2016|

augusta-canal-trailThe Augusta Canal launches its first Find Your Park Festival on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s a celebration of all the things to enjoy outdoors in the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area – and it’s really three celebrations in one. It’s a salute to 100 years of the National Park Service, 20 years for Augusta Canal as a National Heritage Area, plus the grand opening of the canal’s new Mill Village Trail. Organizers plan a full day of runs, walks, rides, sport demonstrations, music, food, exhibits, prizes and much more. It’s a free, family-friendly event along the canal’s new Mill Village Trail.

The Find Your Park Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. with 5K and 10K runs, followed by the official Mill Village Trail opening ceremony. Then it’s time to sample all the sports you’ve always wanted to try, from paddle boarding to yoga, disc golf to fly fishing. Grab a bite from the food trucks, and enjoy the live music at both ends of the trail. Stroll the trail and visit more than 40 exhibitors offering information on everything from pet adoption to fitness tips. Bring the kids by the Kroc Center’s Kids Playground for children’s activities. And be sure to buy tickets for the raffle prizes, like a beach bike or camping gear from festival presenting sponsor Gerald Jones Subaru.

Events take place at several locations. A venue map is available at augustacanal.com/festival.

Festival Headquarters: Mill Village Trailhead- 101 Eve Street (in back of Kroc Center)
Lake Olmstead Trailhead – 1 Milledge Road
Along Mill Village Trail – located between the two trailheads on the south bank of canal
Chaffee Park – between Kroc Center and Canal
Lake Olmstead at Lake Olmstead Park – 2200 Broad Street

All events are free, although festival goers will be asked to register to participate in certain sports activities. Food and beverage will be on sale from an array of food trucks and local vendors.

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