El Portal residents will come together this Saturday in an effort to clean up the village and celebrate a significant treasure.
The third annual Little River Cleanup and Celebration Day will start off at roughly 435 NE 82nd St. at 8:30 a.m. It is opened to everyone.
Villagers will hit the water on kayaks and canoes on El Portal’s Little River for a cleanup, but throughout the day those who participate will have a chance to hear music and learn history. Councilman Adam Old said cleaning up the area is productive and fun, leaving it better for those who visit from here on.
“We feel like the Little River is really a defining part of our community here,” he wrote in an email. “From ancient times people have built their homes on the edge of this river, and we are really lucky to still have such a wonderful resource. I feel like it is important for people growing up in the city to have a refuge from the busy hustle and bustle of urban life, a place where they can interact with nature and decompress a little.”
Blue Moon canoes will be providing canoes and kayaks, but are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The cleanup will begin with a river serenade on the water by La Fortuna Muse Ensemble. The cleanup will start at the flood control dam on the Little River between Oakland Grove and El Portal.
At noon, there will be history and river information covering issues raised by storm surge and sea level rise risk connected to the river and what is being done about it. History as far back to the time of the Tequesta people will be covered.
Also, artist Joseph Vasile will work with a student group during the day to repaint the footbridge and hang a peace flag installation, Old added.
“This is a great way to get to know about the natural areas of this area, as well as getting to know your neighbors and like-minded people who care about the Little River and nature,” he wrote.
For information, call Village Hall at 305-795-7880. For canoe and kayak information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.