After 19 years of leading men, women and children on bucolic, low-key trips on the Eno River and millpond, “Riverdave” Owen and his partner Riojosie announced on their Web site yesterday that the program, administered in conjunction with the Durham Parks and Recreation department, will cease operations.

The reason: a dispute over proposed changes in their contract with the city. The biggest disputes seem to be that the city will no longer allow them to stage their excursions from the old blacksmith shop and that the city is now requiring them to purchase liability insurance (according to Riverdave, his program had been covered under the city’s policy).

The announcement is here.

H/T to the N&O’s outdoors and fitness reporter Joe Miller, who is following the story.