OUR 2013 SEASON

Posted on 22 April 2013 | Comments Off on OUR 2013 SEASON

Greetings Paddlers, So much has happened since we last posted. Hurricane Sandy devastated the lives of many; lives lost, homes destroyed, essential services disrupted. We at Kayak Staten Island were also affected, but no where to the degree as our neighbors from South Beach, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, Oakwood Beach, and onwards to Tottenville.

Those of you who have ventured into the area that first week after Sandy will have noticed our containers had floated out of the parking lot and into the street. Under the order of NYC Parks, we could not return our containers to their usual location. Instead, we moved them to a temporary location for the duration of the beach restoration. Special thanks goes to our volunteer David for securing temporary storage space.

NYC Parks will be continuing to restore the beach this summer, and as such they asked that we suspend our programs this season. We regret that we will not be able to hold our regular free kayaking events this year at our usual South Beach location. However, we are in the process of partnering with our friends at Fresh Kills Park, where we hope to hold free kayaking events in conjunction with their programs. Stayed tuned to this webpage for upcoming details on our 2013 season!

Fresh Kills Park – Sneak Peak 2012

Posted on 4 September 2012 | Comments Off on Fresh Kills Park – Sneak Peak 2012

Kayak Staten Island is taking our boats on the road, destination: Fresh Kills Park – 2012 Sneak Peak event.  Click HERE to find out more about the Sneak Peak event, and how to get there by bicycle, public transportation, water taxi, free shuttle bus or personal car.  Hope to see you at Fresh Kills Sunday September 23rd 2012!

Join Us This Friday!

Posted on 25 July 2012 | Comments Off on Join Us This Friday!

Meet our new very helpful volunteer Caitlin.  She filled the buoy bags with sand for our previous paddling program – thank you Caitlin! We hope she and her family and you-all will join us again this Friday July 27th at South Beach starting at 4:00.

3rd Annual Raritan Bay Festival

Posted on 4 July 2012 | Comments Off on 3rd Annual Raritan Bay Festival

3rd Annual Raritan Bay Festival

Saturday, July 14, 2012 – 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Kayak Staten Island and Conference House Park Conservancy announce the Third Annual Raritan Bay Festival, to be held at Conference House Park on Saturday, July 14, from noon to 5 p.m. Additional sponsors include City of New York Parks & Recreation and the Nicotra Foundation.  The festival is Staten Island’s City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood event (www.cityofwaterday.org).  We will welcome the racers of “One if by Land – Two if by Sea” during the festival.

On the beach, Kayak Staten Island (www.kayakstatenisland.org) offers free equipment and tips on kayaking to both children and adults. Also on the beach will be free fishing demonstrations.

Under the trees are water slides and an aquarium petting zoo for children as well as crafts and food.

Starting at noon, popular area musicians and bands provide non-stop music on two stages:

12:00 – 12:40: Allergic to B’s, Second Stage (Pavilion area)
12:20 – 1:00: Defunked, Main Stage (Conference House)
1:00 – 1:40: Patrice Bohlen, Second Stage (Pavilion area)
1:20 – 2:00: Caroline Cutroneo and Runaway Train, Main Stage (Conference House)
2:00 – 2:40: Phil Bello, Second Stage (Pavilion area)
2:20 – 3:00: Karlus Trapp and the EnTrapments, Main Stage (Conference House)
3:00 – 3:40: ThemBlackstones, Second Stage (Pavilion area)
3:20 – 4:00: The Bad Mouth Betties, Main Stage (Conference House)
4:00 – 4:40: Bob Wright and Harbortown, Second Stage (Pavilion area)
4:20 – 5:00: Voodoo Children, Main Stage (Conference House)

Click Here to visit the NYC Parks website and get more information about the festival.

Location

Accessible Conference House Park Visitors Center (in Conference House Park), Staten Island
Click Here for directions to Conference House Park!

Raritan Bay Festival

Posted on 27 June 2012 | Comments Off on Raritan Bay Festival

We are taking our boats on the road and moving our operation for the day, Saturday July 14 to the South Shore! Join us at Raritan Bay Festival, Conference House Park, 12:00 noon to 5:00pm. Bring your friends and family!

Assemblywoman Goes Kayaking

Posted on 13 June 2012 | Comments Off on Assemblywoman Goes Kayaking

The ominous Weather kept the crowds away for our June 9th event, but our dedicated volunteers (twenty four of them!) were on hand to greet a special visitor.  New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis donned a KSI lifejacket and boldly entered into our beautiful South Beach water.  Many of our favorite kayaking destinations are in her district including our beloved South Beach!

Opening Day!

Posted on 29 May 2012 | Comments Off on Opening Day!

Opening Day May 28th
To take advantage of the many folks down at the beach involved with the morning Memorial day runners race, six KSI volunteers did a little water PR by floating along the shoreline parallel to the Boardwalk showing off KSI’s banner.   Our afternoon opening day program was made easier by a visit from South and Perth Amboy volunteers!!! Thank you to them in addition to the regular dedicated volunteers we launched over 170 people.




It’s My Park Day

Posted on 29 May 2012 | Comments Off on It’s My Park Day

It’s My Park Day, May 19th
After Paul Pesce’s remarkable reconstruction of interior container #2, container #1 was a mess.  However, over 20 volunteers tackled the cleaning, organizing of both containers and pulled weeds and spread wood chips around the containers which are now ready for the upcoming season.   We also took the opportunity of the gathering to give a very big “thank you” to Loretta and Diane for donating their beautiful hand-crafted boats to Kayak Staten Island.  We are grateful and honored by the gifts.

Much News To Report!

Posted on 29 May 2012 | Comments Off on Much News To Report!

High Rock Challenge Race:
Kayak Staten Island provided the muscle, expertise and labor to conduct the kayaking mystery challenge in Lake Orbach for the the High Rock Challenge race, April 28th. Thirteen KSI volunteers on the land and water; safely monitored 1300 racers complete their kayaking course —another job very well done by KSI!




OYSTER GARDENING:
KSI has signed on with NY/NJ Baykeepers Oyster gardening project for another year. Earlier in the year, we rescued a 2 year old cage from Conference House Park waterways which didn’t have very many living oysters remaining but they are now living together with our South Beach oysters which are thriving! During the last count May 5, we found many other ocean wildlife living in the oyster cages. Please join us at the next counting/measuring session in June.



Water Quality Testing:
In addition to kayaking and oyster gardening, KSI volunteers are testing the quality of the water at South Beach. Volunteer Maureen Connolly is in charge of organizing volunteers to take samples of the water, then delivering the samples to the River Project who in turn publish the data within 24 hours. Water quality can change dramatically after heavy rains but with this new effort we will know very quickly if our water is safe. And so far so good!

GEARING UP!

Posted on 8 April 2012 | Comments Off on GEARING UP!

Greetings Paddlers, we are getting ready for our 2012 season, looking forward to some warm sunny days on the beach. Special thanks goes out to volunteer Paul who designed and constructed the Pesce Roller System, this will make moving all of our gear easier! Thank you Paul!

While we had the boats out we decided to check on our oysters. They appear happy and thriving in our local waters.


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