WaterFest 2012 features parade, canoes, family activities

WaterFest 2012, a free family festival, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2, at Phalen Lake Park, north of Phalen Drive and Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul.

Families from around the Twin Cities are invited to a day of lakeside fun. Sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, the cities of St. Paul, Maplewood and North St. Paul, Ramsey County and other partners, WaterFest is a celebration of clean lakes and offers an opportunity for outdoors, hands-on learning about the water quality, wildlife, and special ecological features of the beautiful watershed.

Activities during the day will include:

The WaterFest parade featuring students, clowns and mascots;

Lake activities, including Voyageur canoe rides; solar pontoon boat rides; sailing, fishing and standup paddleboard lessons; canoes, kayaks and bikes for checkout with a driver’s license or other identification;

Kids and Carp, Fishing for Fun, with prizes for the biggest, smallest and most carp caught;

A Raindrop Mystery Tour with prizes;

Geocaching with a Discovery Hunt;

Tricia and the Toonies Game and Puppet Show;

A rain garden tour with a native plant;

A climbing wall, jump castle, archery, art, water games and bird watching;

Student artistic, scientific and service project displays;

Information on landscaping, shorelines, watersheds and ecosystems from professionals;

A street sweeper, snowplow and storm drain stenciling demonstration on how cleaner streets keep lakes cleaner;

Lakeside yoga at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.;

Swimming and beach activities;

Kataab, a volleyball/soccer Asian game;

Photos with LEAP Frog;

Food at the Pavilion.

Everyone can play a role in protecting water resources. At WaterFest 2012, families can make the connection between activities in neighborhoods and the health of local lakes, streams and wetlands. This year, the City of Saint Paul is combining its "National Get Outdoors" celebration with WaterFest – so look for expanded opportunities to celebrate the outdoors.

For more information, call event manager Debbie Meister at 651-647-6816 or district staff Louise Watson 651-792-7956 or visit see www.rwmwd.org.

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