N.Y.C. Water Trail Awarded “Best Partnership” At Best Of Parks

January 14, 2009 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

For many years Parks has offered kayak access at our marinas and other sites. We had not however heavily promoted their availability and tried to build a constituency to utilize and support them. This year’s Best Partnership between Parks and Going Coastal achieved that by creation of the NYC Water Trail.

The NYC Water Trail is a map put out to show where our kayak launches are in the city and to promote safe boating on the water. Going Coastal, a non-profit organization committed to safe and environmentally friendly uses of the water, publishes the map and guide using funding secured from “I Love NY”.

Water Trail is more than a map. It is an effort to expand the number of launches and access points that exist, to better sign and maintain them, and to bring together representatives of hand-powered boating to share ideas, coordinate efforts and promote waterfront access. Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski led this effort, along with Velma Segars in her office who was the coordinator, and with the active support of Press, New Media, National Park Service, and the Parks Marinas Division. Thanks to this whole team, kayaking is as popular as ever at Parks and a large network has been developed to keep the momentum.

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