Boating Programs in Valentino Park, Red Hook 2008. The Red Hook Boaters PortSide NewYork Urban Divers Conservancy. A little history. Fall 2006, PortSide NewYork, Red Hook Boaters, and Urban Divers met with Julius Spiegel, Eric Green, and Partnership for Parks.
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Boating Programs in Valentino Park, Red Hook2008
The Red Hook Boaters
Urban Divers Conservancy
A little history
Free kayaking on 22 days this summer
1,500 kayak rides in 3 years
All programs free and open to all.We do a beach clean-up every time we run the kayaking program.
This gets the local residents thinking about litter and water quality.
We partner on programs:
3/08 Hosted Parks NYC Watertrail launch attended by Parks Commissioner Benepe
9/07 Hosted rest stop and press conference for 5 borough Kayak Ramble run by Queens Parks Commissioner Lewandowski
Free kayaking during Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival
Free kayaking during PortSide’s Kayak Valet event
Activities with youth from the Red Hook Initiative
We hosted event for Partnership for Parks to thank their grant recipients.
We helped BCUE do a tour of Red Hook
re-establishing the connectionbetween people ashore and on the water… creating activities and spaces for both
Kayak Valetinvented by PortSide
Valets watch the boats so paddlers can visit inland.
Neighborhood historical and shopping Information is provided to visitors coming by land and sea.
Proposed for Valentino
Education and interpretation
Safe boating information (tides, currents, use of marine radio)
Ship identifier chart
“Maritime Trail” about Red Hook history
Community Sailing - makes sailing affordable and shared
Proposed for Valentino
Community sailing means low cost and free programs, lessons, and events on boats many people use.
Programs can be structured a number of ways.
Usually, grants and low-cost adult sailing subsidize free youth boating.
Teaches water safety
Develops work skills – PortSide will launch a Marine Career Center
Community Sailing Market Research
We looked at other examples
Community Boating Center, Providence, RI
The American Small Craft Assoc., Queens
Community Boating, Boston
Courageous Sailing, Boston
We surveyed the community
Community Board 6
Red Hook Houses Tenant’s Assoc.
Survey form available on line
Survey form in Red Hook Rec Center
Dozens of surveys received
What it needs
A boat, here’s our first one
Something to attach the boat to
Live! Beneath The Estuary Underwater Video Exploration
Guided eco-cruises historical and ecological perspective; hands-on scientific investigation on the health of the Gowanus Canal.
Annual Submerge Art and Environment Festival celebrates the Gowanus Canal.
Annual waterway clean-up of Gowanus Canal
Oyster seeding project
Avail space is 27’ x 66’ without cutting down trees or moving rocks
What’s there now
A lovely view of the ATF!
Locals spend more time in Valentino because of our programming.
We draw people from around the city to the park.
PortSide will host Rocking the Boat from the South Bronx.
5/15-17, they will circumnavigate Manhattan with 5 boats and 18 rowers. They will sleep on PortSide’s home, the tanker Mary Whalen, but we don’t know where to put their boats.
Not so fun facts
Red Hook real estate is increasingly expensive and constrains boat programming.
PortSide did not get the space it was promised and has been searching since winter 2005 for space for The Flotsam Project (outdoor furniture made from beach driftwood) and boat storage.
The Red Hook Boaters sublet space in an industrial building in 2007, but had to leave due to redevelopment. For 2008, the Red Hook Boaters are renting storage space for one container on industrial land. The $4,000 they pay in rent could purchase additional equipment for expanded programming.
AND THEY WILL COME