2013-06-28 / Community

Bikes and Kayaks For Rent in Riis


Liz Vivino, a Wheel Fun Rentals employee, stands with some of the bikes available for rent. Liz Vivino, a Wheel Fun Rentals employee, stands with some of the bikes available for rent. Kayak and bike rentals are available to add some fun to Riis Park and Jamaica Bay this summer. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation joins the National Park Service (NPS) have collaborated to bring these new additions this summer. Wheel Fun Rentals was awarded the license agreement to operate these services around the area.

In March, Parks and NPS issued a Request for Proposals for the recreational amenities around Jamaica Bay and Rockaway. Wheel Fun Rentals was given a one-year license with the option of expanding it to three one-year rentals.

“We are excited to be working with NYC Parks and NPS to bring our unique brand of recreation and exploration to Jamaica Bay,” said Al Stonehouse, President of Wheel Fun Rentals. “We offer a fun way for locals and visitors alike to get outside and spend time together having fun. Our unique human powered products provide the perfect way to explore the sun, sand, and sea!”


A family tries out a surrey rental at Riis Park. A family tries out a surrey rental at Riis Park. Wheel Fun Rentals offers a variety of bicycles including cruisers, tandem, and 8 passenger Surrey pedal cars, and boats including kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes, that are made for people of all ages and all skill levels. The company is also renting things like sand toys, umbrellas, beach chairs, and boogie boards to beachgoers. The services are available at locations like Jacob Riis Park, Canarsie Pier, Riis Landing and Marine Park.

“Millions of people visit the parks and beaches at Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways each summer and this concession provides a fun and new recreational amenity,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White in a press release. “We are pleased to welcome Wheel Fun Rentals as they offer opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to bike and paddle, while enjoying the natural beauty of the Jamaica Bay region.”`


Kayaking is fun for people of all ages. Kayaking is fun for people of all ages. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an agreement in July 2012 which allowed Parks and NPS to partner up and manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

For a full list of rental location, products, prices, and hours of operation, visit www.wheelfunrentals.com/Locations.as px#NC



Wheel Fun Rentals is offering a variety cruisers, tandem and Surrey pedal cars for rent. Wheel Fun Rentals is offering a variety cruisers, tandem and Surrey pedal cars for rent.

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