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Program to offer free kayaking along Charles River in West Roxbury for 2nd year

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  September 3, 2013 03:05 PM

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For the second-year, a program will offer free kayaking along the Charles River in West Roxbury.

Run by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Maine-based retail company L.L. Bean, the program at Millennium Park features two expert guides from the company’s “Outdoor Discovery Schools” and 14 kayaks available for three, one-hour sessions on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, according to city parks officials.

Participants will receive an introduction to recreational kayaking and will hear about basic skills and safety.

The program is open only to Boston residents who are 8 and older, officials said. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sneakers or water-appropriate shoes must be worn. Flip-flops or other open-toed footwear will not be allowed.

The western edge of Millennium Park borders the Charles River, which divides the Boston neighborhood of West Roxbury and the neighboring city of Newton. A pathway from the park leads to a public kayak and canoe launch.

Sign-up for the first date is scheduled to open on Tuesday, Sept. 3. To register, click here or call 617-635-4505.

“Our partnership between the Parks Department and L.L. Bean gives residents the opportunity to get outside and discover a new outdoor activity,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statetment. “L.L. Bean’s guides take Bostonians out onto the Charles River sharing their skills while pointing out features of the river and local wildlife.”

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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