South Orange is devoted! The weather did not cooperate with us for RiverDay 2016 bringing cold temperatures and constant rain throughout May 1st. We had to scrap plans for music and seriously scale back the number of exhibitors due to a lack of weather-proof cover. But that did not dampen the spirit of the Green Team and the intrepid volunteers who enthusiastically weighed in to clean up despite adverse conditions. By the end of the day, this small group of 100 committed volunteers had filled 2 truckloads with trash pulled from the river. Though small in number this group covered the South Orange section of the Rahway River removing not only the usual cans, plastic bottles and bags, but also a computer motherboard, training wheels, a cell phone, a large oil can, and headphones! See you next year on May 7th, 2017.
South Orange River Day is an annual, community gathering to clean up our section of the Rahway River, celebrate South Orange, and promote environmental education and awareness.
Are you an educational, community, or environmental group, musician, restaurant, or other potential exhibitor interested in joining this event? Or maybe you just have a question which hasn't been answered here. Let us know.
What To Bring
• Water proof boots, old sneakers, or footwear that you don't mind getting wet
• A Liability Release Form
• Curiosity and a sense of community
What NOT to bring
• Flip-flops, sandals or open-toed shoes • Unattended children. Parental supervision is required
River Day 2015 was a huge success.
On May 3rd, 2015 volunteers removed 8,000 pounds of trash from the East Branch of the Rahway River that runs through town. The event was a record-setting leap forward in everyway, with an estimated total of 750 people enjoying the food, music, environmental education, and the largest number of exhibitors to date. We also had the most volunteers ever to sign in, roll up their sleeves, and help the river by pulling out garbage that filled up four 1-ton dump trucks provided by the Department of Public Works!