2009-04-24 / Community

Sebago Canoe Club Dedicates Its New Dock

Phil Giller, board member and past commodore of Sebago, at center in photo, stands in front of the new gate just before unveiling the improvements. He was assisted by (left to right) Ed Powell of Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs' office; Joseph Green of the National Park Service; Bob Bucannon of Village Boathouse; Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Commissioner of the New York City Parks Department, who is also an experienced kayaker and Sebago member; and Elizabeth Ernish of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz' office. At far right is Sebago's Vice Commodore, Pete Peterson. Phil Giller, board member and past commodore of Sebago, at center in photo, stands in front of the new gate just before unveiling the improvements. He was assisted by (left to right) Ed Powell of Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs' office; Joseph Green of the National Park Service; Bob Bucannon of Village Boathouse; Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Commissioner of the New York City Parks Department, who is also an experienced kayaker and Sebago member; and Elizabeth Ernish of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz' office. At far right is Sebago's Vice Commodore, Pete Peterson. 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.

A crowd gathered near the club's gate on Paerdegat Avenue to view the festivities. A crowd gathered near the club's gate on Paerdegat Avenue to view the festivities. Participants then strolled down the disabled-friendly walkway to see the new dock. Participants then strolled down the disabled-friendly walkway to see the new dock.

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