Sebago Canoe Club Dedicates Its New Dock
On Sunday, April 19, the members of Sebago Canoe Club gathered to "cut the ribbon" on $125,000 worth of improvements to the club's facility on Paerdegat Basin in Canarsie, Brooklyn, including a new dock and ramp. Lead funding was provided by the J.M. Kaplan Fund. This marks the completion of the club's multi-year plan to "increase awareness and accessibility to an underdeveloped city amenity," now a showcase of the New York City Water Trails system.
The improvements included reclaiming almost a ½ acre of park land and creation of a communal garden, removal of 25,000 pounds of industrial debris at the site, and construction of a 400-foot disabled-friendly walkway using recycled materials. The work was accomplished by Sebago's member volunteers and its private funding sources. The project did not rely upon any public monies. Sebago invites individuals interested in joining to attend the club's Open House on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At the Open House, members of the public may participate in a free open paddle escorted by the club's certified trip leaders. Sebago is located at 1400 Paerdegat Avenue North, at the foot of Avenue N, in Brooklyn. Their telephone number is 718-241-3683 and the club's web address is www.sebagocanoeclub.org. Photos by Sebago members Bonnie Aldinger and Vivian Rattay Carter.