Friday, April 30, 2010
Hundreds Of Paddlers Navigate The Waters At The 11Th Annual Amazing Bronx River Flotilla
DATE: Saturday, May 1st, 2010
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EVENT & PHOTO-OP: NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Bronx River Administrator/Executive Director of the Bronx River Alliance Linda Cox join Council Member Oliver Koppell, Bronx River Alliance Chair Joan Byron, community groups and more than 100 paddlers in a flotilla of 65 canoes and kayaks for a five-mile trip down the Bronx River to open the paddling season and to celebrate the riverís revitalization.
DETAILS: Flotilla Start (Shoelace Park at 219th St. and Bronx Boulevard)
10:00 a.m. Unveiling of new Bronx River Blueway Map & Guide, a map and written tour of the river to help the public navigate the river
10:15 a.m. Paddlers prepare and the flotilla of canoes launch in the Bronx River
1:00 p.m. Flotilla of canoes arrive
2:00 p.m. Remarks by City officials; Announcement and distribution of new Bronx River Blueway Map & Guide
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Picnic celebration for paddlers and general public
10:25 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. Near Gun Hill Road and Olinville Ave or near Bronx Boulevard and Duncomb Avenue (Fort Knox Park)
10:35 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. In Bronx River Forest where Burke Avenue would cross the river (Burke Bridge)
11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Bronx Zoo Riverwalk
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 180th Street and Boston Road (River Park)
The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river and works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities through which the river flows. The Alliance works in close partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and more than 125 other partners to achieve these goals.
The Bronx River Alliance is introducing a Bronx River Blueway Map & Guide. Covering the eight-mile stretch flowing through the Bronx, the guide is designed to make the river more accessible for the general public and to help paddlers navigate the river safely and enjoy the experience. It includes a detailed map, illustrative photos and a written tour of the river. The guide was prepared with funding provided by the New York State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
The Bronx River is 23 miles long, with eight miles in the Bronx. It starts at the Kensico Reservoir in Valhalla in Westchester County and ends in Hunts Point in the Bronx, where the river flows into the East River/Long Island Sound.
CONTACT: Vickie Karp/Trish Bertuccio (212)360-1311; Anne-Marie Runfola (Bronx River Alliance) (718) 430-1846
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Hundreds Of Paddlers Celebrate The Bronx River At The 11Th Annual Bronx River Flotilla