GONE PADDLIN’

Por­terdale kayak launch opens June 14

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

Wa­ter re­cre­ation lovers have been pad­dling down the Yel­low River for years, but the city of Por­terdale is mak­ing wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties a lit­tle more ac­ces­si­ble.

The kayak launch will have its of­fi­cial rib­bon cut­ting at 11 a.m., Satur­day, June 14 at the kayak launch, which is in the Yel­low River Park, lo­cated off the in­ter­sec­tion of Peachtree, Hem­lock and Rail­road streets in Por­terdale. The rib­bon cut­ting will be ac­com­pa­nied with a BBQ lunch.

The launch co­in­cides with the sec­ond sum­mer pad­dle of Mel­low on the Yel­low se­ries, ac­cord­ing to Por­terdale City Man­ager Bob Thom­son.

“It’s gonna be a big day,” Thom­son said.

Por­terdale’s kayak launch was made pos­si­ble by a grant to sup­port re­cre­ation and trails that the city ap­plied for in 2011. The grant is worth about $130,000

“It’s the first tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence on the ground of that grant,” Thom­son said. “We’re all ex­cited about win­ning grants, but it’s nice to see how it’s used.”

In 2012, New­ton Trails helped the city with a tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance grant that al­lowed the Na­tional Park Ser­vice and a land­scape ar­chi­tect to plan such ac­tiv­i­ties. Af­ter a meet­ing about where to put the ramp and three or four de­sign vari­a­tions, Thom­son said, the launch was put out to bid.

Thom­son said the city wants to cap­i­tal­ize on river re­cre­ation and Por­terdale’s cul­tural her­itage.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

Pad­dlers on the Yel­low River, along with Blake and Mindy Alexan­der, will soon be able to use Por­terdale’s new kayak launch site.

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