Sunday, May 29, 2016

You're Invited To The Long Island City Community Boathouse Memorial Day Walk Up Public Kayak Paddling At Hallets Cove May 30 - Just A Short Walk Over The Roosevelt Island Bridge

Would you like to get out on the East River and learn to kayak?

You can with the Long Island City (LIC) Community Boathouse tomorrow for their first 2016 East River public paddling at Hallets Cove
Hallets Cove is a short walk over the Roosevelt Island Bridge at Vernon B'lvd and 31st Ave.

Image of Hallets Cove Beaach From Harbor Lab
The LIC Boathouse adds:
LIC Community Boathouse is excited to announce our first walk-up event at Hallets Cove plus two short and easy river trips on the Memorial Day holiday, May 30th. To request seats for one or both trips, click the “Request-a-Trip” link to your left. If you wish to go on a river trip, you must be an adult (at least 18 years of age) and be able to swim.

Registration is not required for any of our walk-up paddles. Just show up at the beach at 31st Ave and Vernon Blvd. between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy a short paddle around Hallets Cove as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Volunteers are always needed and welcome at our walk-up events. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers and can start right away. Volunteering with us is the first step towards a lot more summer fun on the water. Registering in advance as a volunteer is very helpful but not required. You could just show up at Hallets Cove between 1:00pm and 4:00pm, and let us know you’re here to help.
I've spoken with LIC Boathouse representatives and they welcome Roosevelt Island residents to become members and kayak on the East River.

Visit the LIC Boathouse web site for more information.

UPDATE 5/30:
LIC Boathouse adds:
Based on overnight rainfall rates and totals, as well as the early-morning NWS Flood Advisory for more, the potential wider impact on local water quality beyond the current CSO advisory for Newtown Creek warranted a decision earlier this morning to err on the side of caution and cancel our northbound trip to bring boats and equipment to the beach.

So, despite the fact that it may not be raining for the 1-4pm window for Hallet’s Cove, we will not be able to run our walkup program there, today.

Health and safety of our guests and volunteers is top priority. With increased awareness of the health risks posed by poor water quality, we aim to be extra conscientious about activities undertaken by LICCB. We regret any inconvenience.