Austin nonprofit hosts a river cleanup party with paddle boarding, live music, and more
Calling all Austinites who stay after a party is over to help the host clean up: Peace, Love & Rivers wants to invite y'all over. The nonprofit's Summer Kick Off Party on July 15 celebrates the beginning of summer while gathering volunteers for a cleanup at Lady Bird Lake.
From 9 am to 2 pm, Peace, Love & Rivers will have everything needed for a fun and fruitful cleanup, from trash grabbers and bags, to snacks, drinks, and "a live performance on the water."
Because this is all about cleaning up the river, volunteers will be deployed on paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks — they can either bring their own or rent at a discounted rate from Austin Rowing Dock. The party continues on food for landlubbers, who can help clean up the shores while hiking.
Peace, Love & Rivers started its work in 2020, and says it removes "thousands of bags of trash from public spaces across Texas each year." Photos from past cleanups on Instagram show an inspiring trash haul each time, sometimes with well over 20 bags. One cleanup from about two years ago celebrated 180 pounds of collected refuse.
Paddle boarding is an extremely common activity on Lady Bird Lake (a.k.a. Town Lake, to locals), although participants can often be seen shoved into a flotilla, especially where Barton Creek meets the Colorado River. For this proactive party, launching from just east of the South Congress bridge and sticking to the shores may offer a more peaceful experience in nature.
The July 15 Summer Kick Off is the only upcoming event on the nonprofit's schedule right now, but in 2022 it held more regular cleanups. Similar opportunities are hosted by other paddle boarding, wellness, and parks groups around Austin.
More information is available at peaceloveandrivers.com. There are no tickets or RSVPs — all are welcome.