FAIR HAVEN, NJ - Plans are currently underway for "Paddle the Navesink Day", a community-wide celebration of the Navesink River and all the recreational opportunities it provides to enthusiasts young and old. On September 18, 2010, from 11:00am to 3:00pm, local boating organizations along Red Bank's Navesink River will offer visitors the chance to experience kayaking, canoeing, sailing and rowing. Participants will have the opportunity to tour or play Tennis on Red Bank's famous and historic Clay Courts. Environmental groups will be on hand to discuss river ecology and to provide hands on activities for children to experience the river, such as seining, fish printing and touch pools. Local businesses along Front St. in Red Bank will offer menu samplings and event-related discounts.
"Paddle the Navesink Day" will commence at Maple Cove, which is located at the northern foot of Maple Ave. in Red Bank. The Jersey Paddler of Brick, the largest distributor of kayaks and canoes in the state, will have on hand fifteen types of kayaks to demo, along with different types of paddles and life vests. Those interested can take a short guided tour up the Navesink River or just paddle around in Maple Cove. Lauren Bonilla, a certified kayak instructor, will be on site to provide free lessons in basic kayaking.
Navesink River Rowing, adjacent to Maple Cove, will host a learn-to-row session and will provide information on the programs it offers for adults and for youth (at least fourteen years old). The Navesink Maritime Heritage Associationand its River Rangers program, an area summer youth program, will showcase their wooden canoes made by local children, and will allow children ten and up to paddle these boats on the river. Hands-on activities for children include Clean Ocean Action hosting fish printing and Jeff Dement, of the American Littoral Society, will host river seining and a river life touch pool.
Beyond Maple Cove, visitors are encouraged to walk along Front Street to Boat Club Court. Along the way, they can stroll through River Side Gardens Park, and take in the lovely views of the river while learning about all the different programs, concerts and performances offered there throughout the year. Jim Crawford and his friend will be there to serenade them as they stroll through the park.
Businesses along the way, such as Muscle Maker Grill, Wayne's Market, Front St. Trattoria, Edible Arrangements, Work out World, Nima Oriental Rugs and Boondocks Restaurant, will be out on Front Street to offer samples and discount coupons to walkers.
At the foot of Boat Club Court, the historic Monmouth Boat Club will be hosting an open house, offering sail boat rides and information about their various adult and youth sailing programs, including club membership. In addition, they will have hot dogs & hamburgers for hungry walkers. The North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club will also be holding an open house and will be open for tour.
Just east of Monmouth Boat Club is the newly renovated Marine Park, where the Clearwater's Garvey, the Adam Hyler, an oyster baymen's boat, will be on display. With them will be SEAS, a nonprofit group that offers sailing lessons at all levels to adults and that teaches the NJ Marine Police Boating Safety Class. They will have a 22-foot sailboat docked at Marine Park and will offer tours and rides.