Kayaking at the reservoir?

JERSEY CITY — Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Department of Recreation, in partnership with the Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance, are pleased to announce two free days of kayaking at the Jersey City Reservoir in the Heights from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 22, while taking in the nature and tranquility of the Reservoir.
“The Jersey City Reservoir is one of our greatest natural assets and is a place for all residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Fulop. “Through free programming such as this, whether kayaking, fishing or nature walks, the Reservoir provides a great sanctuary and an opportunity for city residents to enjoy the beauty of nature.”
Several hundred residents are expected to attend both days, and no prior registration is required. To make the event possible, the Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit, through the Hoboken Cove Boathouse, has donated 12, two-passenger kayaks to be used each day. The American Canoe Association is also a sponsor of the event.
Life jackets and paddles will also be provided and participants must only show proof of residency. A signed waiver is required for participation, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Personal kayaks are not permitted.
“The Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance is excited to have kayaking again this year at the Reservoir!” said Stevie Latham, President, Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance. “We expect about 300 people of all ages and backgrounds at each event, many of whom have never had a boating experience before. We’ve had great support from the City and the Recreation Department and are looking forward to getting people out on the placid waters of the Reservoir, surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.”
In addition to kayaking, the Recreation Department offers fishing and nature walks at the Reservoir weekdays May through October from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fishing equipment and instruction is provided by Recreation Department staff. Many Jersey City public schools and summer camps also visit the Reservoir for fishing, nature walks, and class projects.

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