BY MELANIE WADE –
Cossatot River State Park (CRSP) has several upcoming activities that will ensure you see some of the state’s most beautiful scenery, while helping out at the same time. They also have their annual half-marathon coming up that draws visitors from around the region.
On September 16, CRSP will host Cossatot Citizens’ Day, in honor of Citizenship Day, which is held nationally on September 17. CRSP says you “can celebrate by making a difference” at the park. “We welcome the Eagle Scouts, 4H, Youth Groups and other civic groups to participate in this event.”
They said possible projects can include clearing trails, planting, painting sign posts, and highway cleanup. Lunch will be provided to those who participate.
Also mark your calendar for October 7, 2017, when you will have another chance to help at the park. The staff at CRSP-Natural Area and members of the Arkansas Canoe Club invite everyone to participate in the Great Arkansas Cleanup event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. “A clean, beautiful park is something you can enjoy and be proud to share with future generations,” said organizers.
Volunteers will help clean up the wild and scenic Cossatot River, access points, and surrounding roadways. Registration will be held at the park’s Visitor Center. They will provide trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other supplies, but ask participants to bring your own snacks, water, and pick-up sticks or grabbers. They also highly recommend wearing boots for the event.
For the adventurous types, CRSP will host their 7Th Annual Half Marathon Trail Race on October 21, 2017. They invite all interested persons to challenge your abilities in the mountainous terrain of the Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area for a 13.1 mile single track trail run. Runners will be shuttled to the start at the north end of the trail and race one-way back to the visitor center. Three refueling/aid stations will be along the trail.
Participants can take their time and enjoy the trail or push to the limits and compete for the top honors; either way you are sure to enjoy this event. If you would like to register go to getmeregistered.com.
If you would like to learn more about these events and the many others offered at Cossatot River State Park, contact them at (870) 385-2201.