FREE Events, July 11 in Hunters Point, LIC!

 

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Photo by Scott Sternbach.

 

HarborLAB is honored to be the organization chosen to introduce free kayaking to Gantry Plaza State Park, and grateful to the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and to the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. As the pioneer of kayaking and canoeing in Western Queens, HarborLAB Founder Erik Baard has lobbied park administrators and elected officials for access since 2003. HarborLAB Environmental Science Intern Erik Yax Garcia samples water at Gantry Plaza State Park for weekly bacteria testing by The River Project as part of a public education and safety program coordinated by NYC Water Trail Association.
The following programs at Gantry Plaza State Park are made possible by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and by the support of HarborLAB’s generous sponsors: TF Cornerstone, United Nations Federal Credit Union, Con Edison, Rockrose Development, NY Waterway, NRG Energy, Sims Metal Management, Green Apple Cleaners, and Arup. Programs at Governors Island are thanks to Trust for Governors Island and National Parks Service.
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Participation subject to safety assessment.
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HarborLAB’s Gantry Community Paddle! 
July 11, 2014, 5PM-8PM
Gantry Plaza State Park, South Pier (end of 50th Ave) 
Come inaugurate paddling in Gantry Plaza State Park and celebrate City of Water Day weekend!Free kayaking with no reservations required. Just sign a waiver and enjoy a super mellow time bobbing in a small, protected area south of the piers. It’s a great way to unwind and enjoy the view while getting a feel for the boats HarborLAB uses for longer tours and environmental service. Community groups welcome!
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HarborLAB’s Ice Cream Float! 
July 11, 2014, 8PM-845PM
Gantry Plaza State Park, South Pier (end of 50th Ave) 
Earn your ice cream! Paddle against a mild current for a free, one-way kayak tour to Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in Greenpoint! We’ll depart from the dock at Gantry Plaza State Park and take in the marvelous Manhattan skyline while rounding Hunters Point. Paddlers will hop off at the end of Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn and head in a block for ice cream! From there it’s a short walk back to LIC, or on to new adventures! Email tours@harborlab.org with the subject line “July 11 Ice Cream Float” in the subject line by July 9. Seats given by lottery before noon, July 10.
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