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

Make a splash: The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is hosting City of Water Day events this Saturday
Make a splash: The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is 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 in Gotham Point on Saturday. Photo courtesy of HPPC

July 11, 2024 By Bill Parry

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is hosting a series of activities at its Queens Landing Boathouse and Environmental Center on Saturday, July 13 as part of its 17th annual City of Water Day.

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. in the Gotham Point complex in Hunters Point South.

Photo courtesy of HPPC

“NCA will be a Marine ecology drop-in program from noon to 4 p.m. at the boathouse where people can learn about the creek, its waters and the species it supports,” said Jessica Sechrist, executive director of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. “NBCB will host a free public paddling from 12pm to 4pm from the kayak launch site to give people a feel for paddling, and HPPC hosts a Walk through the History and Resilience Park Starting at 5pm at the Boathouse, we’ll head to Hunters Point South Park to see the park’s rugged design features.”

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

Waterfront communities across the five boroughs, as well as Westchester and Rockland counties and New Jersey, host a variety 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 shorelines is more important than ever,” said Cortney Koenig Worrall, President and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance. “City of Water Day not only promotes climate resilience, but also creates a fundamental connection to one of our most significant natural resources while promoting learning, stewardship and memorable moments.”

For a complete list of events throughout the metropolitan region, see Here. Many of the events can be reached by NYC Ferry.

NYC Ferry provides convenient access to many of the waterfront events throughout the city. Photo by Todd Maisel

“As the official transportation sponsor of City of Water Day, we are pleased to support the many (local) events taking place throughout the city and look forward to welcoming passengers on board during this year’s celebrations,” said James Wong, CEO of NYC Ferry. “NYC Ferry is an important part of New York City’s functioning waterfront, providing millions of riders each year with a reliable commute that ensures the protection of our shorelines and local environment.”

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