Welcome spring by coming to Canal Park to help us with some much-needed “spring cleanup” after an especially hard winter. The Canal Association sponsors the event with support from the USDA/NRCS Earth Team and Psi Iota Xi’s Delphi chapter. The sorority ladies will provide lunch at noon for all hard-working volunteers.
Work will include cleaning up debris, raking, pruning, and gardening. It will expand to nearby trails and locations if enough people come out. Our past Earth Days at the Canal have attracted 50 to 75 volunteers of all ages. Individuals as well as groups like 4-H, Scouts, FFA, and service and church groups, are invited. Children should work together with parents or teachers. Volunteer Captains (with white hats) will be onsite to supervise and assign job areas. Mark your gardening tools and hammers with your name. Dress appropriately in long pants, work clothes, shoes and gloves. No pets, please. Rain date is Saturday May 3.
Our annual event celebrating many modes transportation is fun for all! Admission to the park is free.
Narrated rides in our replica canal boat will be offered 11:30 a.m. and on the next half-hours through 3:30 p.m, on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Toll Booth alongside the canal. Boat rides will continue on Sunday at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. as the crew starts its regular rides each weekend during the summer. To learn more about the importance of the canal as a mode of transportation that helped in the development of Indiana as a new state in the Union, visit our prize-winning Interpretive Museum.
Elsewhere different modes of transportation will be exhibited or highlighted throughout the park. There will be something for all ages to enjoy learning about. The historic log buildings at Canal Park will be opened, with crafters serving as docents while they demonstrate their artisan crafts of the 1800s. The 1844 Reed Case House will be open without charge this day only. Musical events will be offered throughout the day.
The towpath trails along the canal provide the earliest mode of transportation: Walking! The trails also are ideal for biking. Bring your own bikes or rent bikes, paddle boats or kayaks from Noble Bikes.
To close the day, Carroll County Historical Society, our new neighbors developing their own museum across the canal, will sponsor a fish fry beginning at 4 p.m. at the Canal Center as a fund-raiser.