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Despite rain and high waters, River Run to celebrate opening this week

Despite significant rain storms that have caused the Great Miami River to rise in recent days, the RiverScape River Run’s grand opening is still scheduled for Friday evening.

The $4 million RiverScape River Run project will celebrate the completion of the first water chute with an afternoon of outdoor celebration on Friday, May 5, at 4:30 p.m. Five Rivers MetroParks, which boasts 3.3 million visitors annually at its parks, is expecting to draw even more crowds of water enthusiasts and spectators for the low-dam attraction.

After a fund raising campaign and two years of construction, Riverscape River Run on the Great Miami River has been completed. The $4 million project on the river is designed to draw canoe and kayak enthusiasts to downtown Dayton. The grand opening is set for May 5, 2017. TY GREENLEES / STAFF (Ty Greenlees)

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Val Beerbower of the Downtown Dayton Partnership said the show will go on regardless of inclement weather. If water levels are too high, the kayaking demonstration will be canceled. If it rains, the ceremony and remarks from community leaders will be held underneath the pavilion in the park.

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Those celebrating can also expect:

• The Five Rivers MetroParks music series Pickin’ in the Park will kick off at 6 p.m. after the official opening. The night will feature live tunes by progressive bluegrass musicians Casey Campbell, Restless Leg String Band and The Tillers.

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• Local craft beer providers and food trucks will also be available to enjoy at the park.

Check the Five Rivers MetroParks website for more information.

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