The New York City Downtown Boathouse

November 21, 2010

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The Downtown Boathouse is an all volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free public access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs. Their mission is to encourage safe public use of the harbor waters of New York City and thereby provide residents of this space-constrained city with increased recreational opportunities. They support their operations exclusively through volunteers and with public donations. The boathouse is an all volunteer organization. No one receives payment at any level of the organization. They are looking for people with any or no training, who are simply just interested in working with people who believe in their cause. They seek to share their love of the Hudson River with the residents of New York City. They consistently run guided trips all spring and summer long, completely free of charge. They encourage and welcome walk-ins. Their trips usually consist of a 4 or 5 mile ride, going to locations such as down to Edgewater, New Jersey or up to the kayak dock at 130th Street. Their prominent and basic service is walk-up kayaking, which is available at all of their locations including Pier 40, Pier 96, and 72nd Street. They also give many free lessons, which consist of informal talks and activities covering a wide variety of kayak-related topics. They are developing many great initiatives to get New Yorkers more involved and in tune with the waterways that surround them.



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