CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The U.S. National White Water Center is having their first big event on Saturday since its re-opening.
On Tuesday, a permit was approved after an inspection allowing the USNWC to resume all rafting and whitewater activities.
The center previously shut down whitewater activities after an Ohio teen died from contracting a brain-eating amoeba while rafting with her church's ministry group in June 2016.
Saturday's event is the seventh annual Green River Revival, in celebration of the upcoming St.Patrick's Day. Festivities begin with the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run, where participants "Will need the luck of the Irish to avoid the green dye as they run through the trails". Live music kicks off at 11 a.m. on the Belmont Abbey Island stage. Festivities continue at 1 p.m. when the river turns as green as a four-leaf clover, according to the USNWC website.
Saturday's event schedule:
• 9:30am – Yoga
• 10:00am – Color Me Green 5K Trail Run
• 10:30 am – Terrace Access Opens
• 11:00am – Major & The Monbacks
• 1:00pm – River Turns Green
• 1:30pm – The Motet (Set 1)
• 2:00pm – Cornhole Tournament
• 3:30pm – The Motet (Set 2)
• Post Music – Terrace Access Closes
The Mecklenburg County Public Information Department released a statement Tuesday saying they had completed the inspection of the USNWC and issued an Operation Permit allowing the facility to reopen its recreational rafting channels.
The permit was issued after the channels were drained, cleaned and refilled. The County staff from Environmental Health said they monitored and tested the water on a regular basis to ensure chlorine levels remained stable.
Despite all of the efforts made, health officials could not promise the deadly ameba will be completely eliminated.
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