May 29, 2010

Root River revived!
A great day on Racine's river

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday for the "Root River Revival" at the REC Center off of West Sixth Street. Perfect weather greeted the event, which kicked off the paddling season on the Root River. It was also an opportunity for the REC to dedicate its new deck, get kids fishing and to share information on everything from invasive species to eating healthy. Here's photos from a great Saturday ...

Rotary West donates a check for $10,000 to pay for the REC's new deck.

Workers and volunteers who helped build the new the REC's new deck.

The revival offered free kayak and canoe rentals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Click here for rates during the season.)

Kids fished free on Saturday.

View from the railroad bridge near the REC.

The DNR donated a fishing game for kids to practice in the parking lot.

Johnson Bank donated a tent for exhibitors.

A marine toad from Bermuda. It's similar to Wisconsin toads, just 3x as big.