Public Kayaking at Kennedy
From mid June through mid September YPRC volunteers give the public a chance to experience kayaking in a protected cove using sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks.
These programs are completely free of charge and run on various weekdays between 3:30 PM and 8 PM.
Since we began this program in 2006 we have hosted the following groups:
- Buena Vista Community Garden Youth Group
- Boy Scout Troop 5(Yonkers) and Troop 15 (New Rochelle)
- Nepperhan Community Center
- Yonkers YMCA
- Riverdale 4-H Club
- Yonkers Bike Club
- Patty J's Youth Group
This public outreach builds good community relations for the club and often serves to recruit new members to the YPRC club. YPRC volunteers who work on this program often make new friends and advance their own skills in the process. In addition, members can bring their own families, co-workers and friends to enjoy the beautiful Hudson River on safe, easy-to-paddle sit-on-top kayaks. A club cargo container by the ramp holds 13 public programs sit-on-top kayaks and one canoe.
For more information or to volunteer, call Jerry Blackstone (914) 318-4630.
Kayak Storage at Kennedy Boathouse - JFK Marina, Yonkers, NY
Owner: City of Yonkers / Licensed Operator: Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club
Lack of affordable storage has long been a bottleneck in the growth of kayaking/human powered boating on the Hudson. Helping to alleviate this problem, YPRC now operates a satellite boathouse that the City of Yonkers built under the traffic ramp. It will eventually hold about 65 boats--mostly kayaks but canoes and solo rowing shells too. It offers easy parking, fresh water, and 24 hour access.
- Low annual cost of $200.00
- Indoor Racks with 24 Hour Access
- FREE parking - Fresh Water - Lockers
- AWESOME view of Hudson River and Palisades
- Marina Ramp for Launch into a Protected Cove (for beginners) or the Flowing Hudson River (for experienced paddlers)
- Drive your Car Right to Roll-Up Door and Easily Load Your Kayak
- Open Also to Canoes and Solo Rowing Shells
For more information contact:
Kennedy Boathouse House Captain
(914) 354-6141 or till Nov. 1 Jack Gilman (914) 473-3141
Click here to download the Kayak Storage at Kennedy Marina Flyer
Directions to Kennedy Marina
||From Tappan Zee Bridge
Go south on Route 87 (NYS Thruway) to the Saw Mill River Parkwayto Executive Blvd. exit. Follow Executive Blvd. to end. Make left onto North Broadway to first traffic light - Odell Avenue. Right onto Odell Avenue. to end. Make left onto Warburton Avenue to Kennedy Blvd. Turn right onto Kennedy to marina and park.
Take either the Major Deegan or the Henry Hudson Parkway north to Saw Mill River Parkway north. Stay on Saw Mill River Parkway north to Executive Blvd. Follow directions from * above.
||Metro North Hudson Line to Glenwood Station - 43 minutes from Grand Central Station.
||1 or 9 IRT to 242nd Street. The BIKE north 6.5 miles or take #1 Yonkers BUS to JFK Memorial Drive and walk west to river.