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The site, which is set up along the Black River, served for many years as the welcoming sight for ships, especially steel ships, entering Lorain. After steel’s reign within the city diminished, the city was able to utilize this land for other purposes. On May 16, 2003, Black River Landing was officially open after a huge overhaul from industrial land and iron ore piles was turned to vast greenery and booths for community events. A large stage was erected for the Landing’s weekly Friday Jammin’ on the Black River concerts which began at its opening. The area is utilized each year for the Lorain International Festival and the Lorain Port Festival. Now, Black River Landing is the home of the Lorain Port Authority, the summer Rockin’ On The River concerts, boat tours of the river, transportation services to Lake Erie Islands and Cleveland, and has hosted national festivals such as Roverfest.