2008-07-04 / Community

Paddling Along On Jamaica Bay On Saturday

By Miriam Rosenberg

People wait their turn to go out on the bay, as a larger group than expected showed up for the event. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg People wait their turn to go out on the bay, as a larger group than expected showed up for the event. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Novices and experienced canoers and kayakers took to the waters of Jamaica Bay at Norton Avenue and Beach 36 Street last Saturday in the 1st Annual Rockaway Paddle. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Department of Parks and Recreation in connection with the Urban Park Rangers made it possible for everyone interested in participating in the sports day to do so.

The free event was made possible through the assistance of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and other participating organizations.

A Park Ranger gives out life vests as a family prepares to go canoeing. A Park Ranger gives out life vests as a family prepares to go canoeing. Urban Park Ranger Howard Kreft gives a family a push-off for their trip on Jamaica Bay. Urban Park Ranger Howard Kreft gives a family a push-off for their trip on Jamaica Bay. Urban Park Rangers take the public out to explore the Norton Basin (right) and gave instruction on paddling and water safety, even as some of the more experienced paddlers took to the water. Urban Park Rangers take the public out to explore the Norton Basin (right) and gave instruction on paddling and water safety, even as some of the more experienced paddlers took to the water.

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