Sep 23, 2007

Kayak And Canoe Launch Ramp Opens In Queens Park

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Kayak And Canoe Launch Ramp Opens In Queens Park
September 22, 2007

It may have been the last day of summer Saturday, but one Queens park gave New Yorkers a reason to stay in the water.

After the official ribbon cutting ceremony, New Yorkers geared up to make a splash in Jamaica Bay, using the new kayak and canoe launch in Idlewild Park Preserve.

The preserve is part of the New York City water trail, which is a network of waterways that connects the city's parks. The Parks Department is thrilled about the launch, but some neighbors say it's just another headache.

"I think it's bad,” said resident Angel Flores. “Bad because we have rollover parking. We have garbage all around and we have to clean it.”

“What we're doing here is creating great value. We've got beautiful plantings of roses. We've cleaned it up; we've made it safe,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “I think this will actually increase neighborhood property values."

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