Here's news for anyone who's ever paddled a kayak --- or thought about doing it. In response to requests from kayakers who want to explore our ideal location on Long Island Sound, the Great Neck Park District has announced a new kayak rental program. Beginning Saturday, June 24 and continuing into the fall, kayaks will be available at Steppingstone Park marina. At last, the pleasures of kayaking are available close to home, providing the opportunity for a minivacation every weekend --- no packing or plane ticket needed.
Enjoy kayaking on the Long Island Sound.
Kayaking is one of the fastest-growing leisure activities, perhaps because it's easy to learn, takes less skill than sailing, and isn't dependent on wind. In fact, the only time kayakers are becalmed is when they stop paddling. It takes just a few strokes to pick up the rhythm of paddling --- and then the adventure begins. Some will choose to spend a few serene, relaxed hours meandering along the shore, observing the natural beauty, wildlife and estates around the Great Neck peninsula. Gliding quietly on the water allows for a closer look at the osprey nest and inlets past Kings Point. And it's an excellent way to explore Udall's Cove without getting wet feet. Others, who seek an athletic sport, can take a kayak for the day or a week, going miles along Manhasset Bay.
To rent a kayak, simply come to Steppingstone Park any Saturday or Sunday, as well as July Fourth and Labor Day, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. There will be a selection of single kayaks (sit-ons and sit-on-tops) and doubles (sit-on-tops). Paddles and life vests will be provided. (It is recommended that kayakers bring sunscreen and a plastic water bottle.) The fee for a kayak is $20 per hour, $65 per half day, $125 per full day, and $375 per week. Payment may be made in cash or a credit card, and a security deposit is required. Park district residents may bring two non-resident guests, but the resident must go kayaking and accompany the nonresidents throughout the rental. Minimum age 9 years; kayakers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
All kayak renters will need to demonstrate ability to handle a kayak or show that they have taken a kayak course. Three-session courses are available through the Great Neck Park District, with details on the website www.greatneckparks.org or by calling Great Neck House at 482-0355. For further information on Kyak rentals, reservations (not required) or conditions call 635-0997.
This is a pilot program, explains Neil Marrin, superintendent of the Great Neck Park District. "Many park district residents have never seen Great Neck from the water. Kayaking will bring them down to the marina, and once they try it they'll come back again and again." Continuation or expansion of the kayak rental program --- additional days and group trips to other waterways --- will depend on its popularity. Discover the delights of kayaking early in the season, and continue to explore Great Neck's waters on summer and fall weekends.