BY HEATHER NEWMAN • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Three upcoming events will allow you to bicycle, kayak and graze your way through Detroit's riverfront and east side.
The Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative, the folks who are taking on the exciting new Conner Creek Greenway project, is helping to run the events.
This Saturday, June 28, Detroit Bikes will host the Jazzin' on Jefferson/Conner Creek Greenway Ride, which will tour the east side and Grosse Pointe. The free ride begins at the Detroit Synergy Booth at Jazzin' on Jefferson, which is near the intersection of Jefferson and Chalmers, just before 10 a.m.
It'll be a leisurely ride, including a tour of some Detroit automotive history and a chance to try out a Sanders' Hot Fudge Sundae. No registration is required, but you will need your helmet. More information is posted at www.detroitsynergy.org/projects/detroitbikes.
Next up: a little free kayaking fun. On July 24 from 6-8 p.m. you'll be able to try one out in the pond at Maheras Gentry Park at the foot of the Conner Creek Greenway at Clairpointe south of East Jefferson. It's presented by the Riverside Kayak Connection, and information on local places to live will also be available.
Finally, on Aug. 12, you can take a guided kayaking tour of the east riverfront from 6-8 p.m., including Belle Isle, local canals and the RiverWalk at Gabriel Richard Park. This one will cost $15 an hour, but it's likely to be lovely. Meet at Maheras Gentry Park and RSVP in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conner Creek Greenway, which is involved in all these events, is a planned 9-mile biking/walking path that runs from Eight Mile to the Detroit River along Conner Street. For more information on the Greenway or the events, e-mail http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080624/BLOG12/mailto:email@example.com or call 313-571-2800 x1159.