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Make a splash: Hunters Point Parks Conservancy hosting City of Water Day events this Saturday

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is hosting several City of Water Day events at its Queens Landing Boathouse at Gotham Point on Saturday. Photo courtesy of HPPC

July 11, 2024 By Bill Parry

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy will host a series of activities at its Queens Landing Boathouse and Environmental Center as it participates in the 17th annual City of Water Day on Saturday, July 13.

The Conservancy is partnering with the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) and the North Brooklyn Community Boathouse (NBCB) on several events at its facility at 57-28 2nd St. at the Gotham Point development in Hunters Point South.

Photo courtesy of HPPC

“NCA will be running a marine ecology drop-in program from 12 to 4 p.m. inside the Boathouse, where people can learn about the creek, its waters and the species it supports,” Hunters Point Parks Conservancy Executive Director Jessica Sechrist said. “NBCB will be running a free public paddle from 12 to 4 p.m. from the kayak launch to let people get a feel for paddling and HPPC will be hosting a history and resilience park walk starting at the Boathouse at 5 p.m. then heading into Hunters Point South Park to look at the park’s resilient design features.”

City of Water Day is a region-wide celebration organized by Waterfront Alliance and the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program (HEP), which is dedicated to promoting a climate-resilient New York and New Jersey harbor.

Waterfront communities across the five boroughs, as well as Westchester and Rockland counties and New Jersey, will host a wide range of events on or near the water, from free kayaking and rowing to interactive workshops.

Photo courtesy of HPPC

“In an era marked by climate change in a region surrounded by water, engaging with our shared waterways and waterfronts is more important than ever,” said Cortney Koenig Worrall, President and CEO of Waterfront Alliance. “City of Water Day not only champions climate resilience but also provides a fundamental link to one of our most significant natural resources while fostering learning, stewardship and memorable moments.”

A full listing of events across the metropolitan area can be found here. Many of the events can be reached by riding the NYC Ferry.

NYC Ferry provides easy transport to many of the waterfront events across the city. Photo by Todd Maisel

“As the official transportation sponsor on City of Water Day, we are excited to support the many [local] events happening throughout the city, and we look forward to welcoming passengers onboard during this year’s festivities,” NYC Ferry Executive Director James Wong said. “NYC Ferry is a vital component of New York City’s working waterfronts, providing millions of riders a year with a reliable commute designed to ensure we protect our shorelines and local environment.”

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