GR connects nature, community with kayaking programs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Guided kayaking adventures and family paddling nights are coming to the Grand River.

“Any general activity to get people outside, especially post-COVID, to do something,” said John Judnich, the city’s recreation supervisor.

Guided Kayaking Adventures begin May 24 and will run through the following dates:

  • Tuesdays from May 24 to September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays from May 21 to September 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 28, June 25, July 30 and August 27 from 11 a.m. at 13h

Registration is required and two-hour rides cost $30 for Grand Rapids residents and $40 for non-residents. Basic instruction, a kayak, paddle, personal flotation device and a trained staff member are provided for each trip. They will start and end at the lagoon in Riverside Park.

Judnich said kayaking can be an expensive hobby and finding a body of water isn’t always the easiest.

“It lets them have the ease, try it out and find out if they like it,” he said.

Family Paddling Nights will consist of free 20-minute windows to use kayaks or canoes in the lagoon area of ​​Riverside Park. These will take place on May 20, June 24, July 29 and August 26.

Each event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and registration is not required. They will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.

“People want to come together. There is a huge need for this, we have seen it in all of our programming. People want to be together now,” Judnich said.

– For the full conversation with John Judnich, watch the video in the player above.

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