HELLO Water Lovers, Another LIC Community Boathouse (LICCB) paddling season is about to begin. At last, the water temperature is rising above 60 degrees and we're preparing to get back on the water. Please read on to learn of some upcoming opportunities to be part of it. Save some of those dates now! Volunteers (YOU) are who make it all happen. You're all invited, experienced volunteers and newcomers as well, to attend either or both Volunteer Orientation events on May 19th and May 25th. We'll review our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for signing in, gearing up, readying boats and if the [...]
SURPRISE ! We're adding a couple of surprise trips thanks to the mild October weather. These will operate on a first come basis. Your chances are very good. Because of short notice, it is unlikely that these trips will fill up. Just arrive early to get a spot. 1) Friday, October 5th Paddle to Brooklyn Bridge Park. A little more than an hour each way plus an hour break ashore there. Meet at the boathouse by 5:30PM, we should be all done about 11PM 2) Saturday, October 6th Sunrise Paddle to Bushwick Inlet. Meet at the boathouse (46-01 5th St) by 7AM, all [...]
Come one, come all to celebrate the pioneering organization that has facilitated so much waterfront reclamation with its ongoing mission. The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that fosters waterfront access and is the "parent" organization to Long Island City Community Boathouse, Red Hook Boaters, Kayak Staten Island, and the Riverbank Pool Program. A successful spinoff was achieved in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where recreational boating is offered to the public by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boaters. The GDCC continues to add relevant content to the debate about best use of the so-called "Sixth Borough." It's an important conversation that YOU [...]
Come to Hallets Cove today and play! We'll be enjoying the first day of Autumn with some community sponsored paddling in the protected waters of Hallets Cove, at the north end of Socrates Sculpture Park, at 31st Ave and Vernon Boulevard. Lots of other neighborhood attractions, including yoga class at Socrates, and the ever popular Farmers Market. Get your stretch on, your veggies in, and some paddling too! We're hosting the walk up paddling from 1-4pm, with the last signup at 3:30pm. If you missed the morning trip to the Cove, come for the afternoon trip back. Show up around 3:30pm and [...]
Due to water quantity, with torrential downpours now and thunder storms predicted for later this afternoon, we are obliged to cancel the public program today. The next date for the program will be Saturday September 22. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Here's something from Rob Buchanan, intended for all concerned parties. It has details about how you can get involved with the sustainability of New York's harbor now and ongoing: The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program is multi-agency effort, administered by the EPA, whose aim is to protect and improve the quality of our estuary for all of its inhabitants. It has a small budget and limited influence, but most of the major 'players'--the Port Authority, the Army Corps of Engineers, the DEC and New Jersey DEP--are a part of it, and thus it has the potential to be a [...]
To our valued participants: We have a situation on our hands here. As some of you are aware, there has been considerable attention paid to harbor wide water quality this season. The NYC Water Trail Association has spearheaded an effort to compile data on water quality, particularly at boat launch sites. Find out more about this project here: www.nycwatertrail.org. The data coming back on Hallets Cove water quality has been surprising. It has shown that bacteria counts have been consistently high, regardless of conventional measures used by the DEP (Dep't of Environmental Protection) to determine likelihood of such levels. Typically, the DEP has [...]
Midsummer greetings everyone. LIC Community Boathouse has a full day of waterborne fun planned for this Sunday, August 19th and it appears that the weather will be perfect for it. A morning, afternoon and an evening paddle have just been posted on the calendar and all are now available for request at LICboathouse.org. The morning trip is a Circumnavigation of Roosevelt Island, 4 miles with tidal assist all the way around. The other two trips are both one way, a noon trip to Manhattan, and a sunset paddle back to LIC from Manhattan. These two trips are designed to facilitate an afternoon walk-up program at [...]
The Hallets Cove walk-up paddling program is CANCELED for Saturday Aug 11th due to Friday's rainfall, forecast of more thunderstorms Saturday, and related concerns over water quality. Health and safety of our guests and volunteers is top priority. With increased awareness of potential risks posed by poor water quality, we aim to be extra conscientious about activities undertaken by LICCB. We regret any inconvenience. Please pass the word to friends and associates who may have been planning to participate.
This is an advisory message. Due to this week's substantial rain, bacterial counts are high in many parts of NY harbor as expected. The Citizens Water Quality testing program results for samples taken Thursday morning (after Wednesday's big rain but before Friday's) show Enterococcus colonies exceeding EPA standards for swimming, in Hallets Cove and many other sampling sites. We have therefore, in keeping with our promotion of safety for our paddling guests, canceled our walk-up paddling program at Hallets Cove for tomorrow. How does this affect our "Here to Hellgate and Back Again" paddle? The trip is still on. However, it [...]