SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The fourth annual South Orange River Day is just around the corner, bringing a river full of festivities for residents.

This Sunday, the South Orange Environmental Commission will host its yearly Rahway River celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Skate House on the duck pond off of Mead Street.

Jim McGowan, the Commision’s chairman, said residents can expect to have a fun-filled day of entertainment, food and learning.  

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“We see it as an opportunity to take the day to celebrate our beautiful environment, educate people about ways to keep it healthy and clean up the watershed,” said McGowan, “The basic idea is not to only clean up trash in the river but to stop it from getting there in the first place.”

Several activities will go on throughout the day, including River Yoga and the Wild Edibles Walk, in addition to the main River clean up. In past years, the event has seen over 500 people attend, according to Village Trustee Walter Clarke.

“When we have had people come out later in the day, we even got complaints that there was no more litter left to pick up, which is definitely great to hear,“ said Clarke. “I’ve seen the river become better and cleaner from the time I’ve started living here.”

Something new to the event this year will be presentations by the middle school’s seventh graders on findings regarding the river, made possible by a grant received last year from Sustainable Jersey.

There will also be a bike donation on-site, where anyone looking to donate a functioning bicycle can can do so. All donations will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Newark.

For information on South Orange River Day, check out the official website: http://www.soriverday.org/