2011-09-09 / Community

Fishing Expedition With The Urban Park Rangers

By Alvin Haskin Special to The Wave


Ranger briefs kids and parents on the types of fish and the rules of fishing. Below, Rangers supplied rods and reels and helped with technique. Far left and right, bait is distributed. Ranger briefs kids and parents on the types of fish and the rules of fishing. Below, Rangers supplied rods and reels and helped with technique. Far left and right, bait is distributed. This past Sunday I had the pleasure of participating with the grandkids and nephew in a fishing program sponsored by the New York City Urban Park Rangers. The Urban Park Rangers’ mission is to link New Yorkers to the natural world. Rangers teach people to care for the environment and the parks, protect the parks and their wild inhabitants, and restore New York City’s natural heritage.

On hand at Bayswater Park, Sgt. Howard Kreft and Ranger Eric Handy were giving instructions on safety and the techniques of catch and release fishing. They came fully prepared with plenty of fishing poles and bait as the more than 45 youngsters and adults eagerly awaited the big catch of the day. As one eight-yearold, Christopher, was overheard saying to his cousin Jahard, “I’m going to stand right next to this big pole so I can catch the big fish.” And it wasn’t just the kids, the adults were just as excited.

The rangers showed everyone the different types of fish and size limits on each. When everyone received her or his pole and bait it was fishing time. The rangers were all around showing the kids and adults different casting techniques and untangling some caught lines. All in all, everyone had a great time except for my 4-year-old grandson who said, “It wasn’t long enough,“ and started crying because he didn’t catch a fish.

Funding for the Urban Park Rangers’ programs is primarily provided through the generous contributions of conservation-minded corporations, foundations, state and federal grant programs and private citizens. For more information on Ranger programs or how to help, please call 311 today and ask for the Urban Park Rangers.



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