pink kayakEach October Union Hospital leads a community-wide initiative to Paint Tusc Pink as part of the effort to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has answered the call with a display in front of the New Philadelphia office along with an event to serve as a fundraiser on Oct. 17 at Atwood Lake Park. All proceeds will benefit Union Hospital’s Breast Imaging Center.

“Once we came up with a theme for our display “Kayak for Cancer”, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take it one step farther by creating a fundraising event.” Says Adria Bergeron, Marketing Coordinator for the MWCD. “Kayaking is a rapidly growing watersport and we see a great deal of interest on the MWCD lakes.  What better reason to get back on the water, possibly one last time before the cold weather sets in, than to raise money for a great cause.”

The event will take place at the beach at Atwood Lake Park from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are all welcome in the event with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 per solo boat or $40 per tandem. A limited number of kayaks are available to rent for an additional $15, which also includes a paddle and life jacket. (Advance registration is required for rental, contact Kara Musser at (330) 343-6647 ext. 2614.) Registration forms are available online at or at the MWCD office located at 1319 Third Street NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio.

The paddle will be led by MWCD Program Coordinator and certified Kayak Instructor, Kara Musser. Boats will depart from the beach and enjoy a paddle around Atwood Lake on an approximately three-mile trip. Due to the possibility of cool air temperatures, paddlers are encouraged to dress in layers and avoid clothing made of cotton.

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving an estimated $11.1 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

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