The 40 Below Public Transit Task Force has created a clever project for the 5th Annual Creek Float – June 6, 2015

A floating Connective Corridor bus will be one of the stars of this year’s free family-friendly event presented by the 40 Below Public Arts Task Force and Creek Rats, Inc.  The float will be this Saturday, June 6, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the heart of downtown Syracuse along Onondaga Creek.

Prime viewing for the floating art parade is in Armory Square near the intersection of the Onondaga Creekwalk and the Connective Corridor in the West Fayette Street area near the SU Warehouse, and the bridges of Walton St. and West Fayette St. (near WALT the Loch West Monster). The pieces will continue to float toward Franklin Square (500 Plum St) where artists will retrieve them.

“We felt the Connective Corridor bus was a perfect fit for the Creek Float event,” said 40 Below Public Transit Co-Chair Eric Ennis. “The Corridor bus route goes directly over Onondaga Creek on Fayette Street, and our bus float will go directly past the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the first of several major investments SU made into Downtown Syracuse and Armory Square. The partnership between Centro and SU combines interesting color and design as it moves through the city, which is exactly what will be happening on Saturday during the 40 Below Creek Float event. The Transit Task Force has partnered with the University’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development many times in the past and we were delighted to use the Connective Corridor as the inspiration for this year’s float.”

The Connective Corridor is thrilled to be featured by the 40 Below Public Transit Task Force as part of this unique public art show that creates awareness and appreciation for Onondaga Creek and the Onondaga Creekwalk.  The Corridor recently installed a new mural along the Creekwalk, supported by the Erie Canal Heritage, as a public art partnership with the Erie Canal Museum and the City of Syracuse.  While waiting for the Creek Float displays, visitors are invited to add comments to the interactive mural which is located next to Onondaga Creek and the Inns at Armory Square.

Ennis is a graduate of the public administration master’s degree program in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a Central New York native who decided to stay home and be a part of the revitalization happening in Syracuse. He is the community development block grant (CBDG) program administrator with the City of Syracuse’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, and has worked with the Connective Corridor on previous events such as Green Streets and Green Eats, and last fall’s 40 Below Public Transit Task Force’s “Cycle Syracuse” bicycle fest.

The Connective Corridor has also partnered with the 40 Below Public Arts Task Force on a number of public art projects and helped provide funding for the Rack Pack bike installations at the Erie Canal Museum, Onondaga Historical Association and Columbus Circle near the Mission Restaurant.

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