Cleveland Metroparks’ free water taxi on Cuyahoga River begins Mother’s Day

Cleveland Metroparks’ free water taxi on Cuyahoga River begins Mother’s Day

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Metroparks water taxi that operates between the East and West Bank of the Flats will be free to passengers.

Service on the Cuyahoga River begins on Mother’s Day, according to the Cleveland Metroparks.

Beginning Sunday, May 12, the eLCee2 water taxi will operate:

  • Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Memorial Day: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fourth of July: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Labor Day: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The 26-foot canopied yacht can accommodate 17 passengers and up to four bicycles. It is also ADA accessible and dog friendly.

Like last year, the free service on the eLCee2 water taxi is a result of the generosity from Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Cleveland.

“ArcelorMittal Cleveland is pleased to partner with Cleveland Metroparks again this year to offer free rides on the eLCee2 water taxi,” said Mike Madar, vice president and general manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland. “Our hope is that every person who boards the water taxi gains an appreciation for the unique asset that the Cuyahoga River is to our community – a working river serving the local economy, a place for sport and recreation, and a precious ecosystem we are all responsible for protecting.”

"This year we reflect on 50 years of recovery of the Cuyahoga River,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO, Brian M. Zimmerman. “We want to thank ArcelorMittal for its partnership, which will allow more guests to see the progress and experience the growing connections to the river and lakefront.”

A record 47,381 riders took the water taxi in 2018.

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