Friday, March 20, 2009

Hoboken Boathouse Public Meeting, Tuesday March 24th - plus Sad News - No Gateway Bike and Boathouse.

This notice came out on the NYC Kayaker email list* today. I can't make it, but it sounds like fun!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 6-8 PM, Maxwell Place Park Boathouse, Frank Sinatra Drive & Maxwell Place, Hoboken, NJ

Come tour the new Boathouse and beach at Maxwell Place Park and learn more about the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse organization. Presentations will include an overview of Hudson River boating and how other NY Harbor boathouses – like the Long Island City Community Boathouse, Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, and the Downtown Boathouse – operate. We are also looking foryour input on the types of boating programs and activities Hoboken residents want and your help to make these goals a reality.

Meeting is open to all interested participants – beginner, expert, and non-paddlers alike.

Please RSVP (or for more information), by email at
-- David DownsPresidentHoboken Cove Community Boathouse

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Oh, and this reminds me of a piece of sadder news. You may not recall it, but earlier this winter, I was really excited about these guys - - opening up across the bay from us. One of the fun things about the Hudson River Park (and there were a lot of fun things, which is why I sort of kept my finger in the political stuff even after I dropped out of Manhattan Kayak Company - it wasn't always exciting but I always thought it was worth the time I spent on it) was having so many different human-powered boating organizations in such close proximity - you'd always run into people from the other places when you were out, you'd say hello, sometimes you'd join up with them for paddles, sometimes you'd just wave as you passed, whatever the interaction was, it usually added a nice extra social dimension. In Jamaica Bay, we're the only club, and I thought it was going to be great having another club in the bay. I thought I might be able to paddle over and try that-there windsurfing thing that's always being talked up on some favorite blogs of mine; I thought it would be fun for me & TQ to go over & rent a couple of bikes for the afternoon (they've got some beautiful bike lanes out there); and I thought it would be fun for us to invite them over for a barbecue (and hopefully be invited over there for something), or just plain stop by to say hello when we were paddling out that way.

So I was saddened to hear, earlier this winter, that they won't be opening this Spring. Sounds like the Parks thought they were getting a Downtown Boathouse-style operation when Gateway was more picturing themselves more in the Sebago model & the misunderstanding ended it.

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