By Rick Schulte
After seeing if there would be enough interest to sustain it — which there is — Riverside Kayak Connection will be offering weekend kayak rentals at Elizabeth Park.
This opportunity begins June 15 and should run through mid-October. Wayne County Parks, which oversees the park, is also involved with the program.
Anita Twardesky, public relations/marketing manager for Riverside Kayak, said there was a very good response for the company’s demo day in early May, which allowed kayak enthusiasts to try out different products while also seeing the opportunity of launching from the park.
For people serious about kayaking, it’s a great opportunity to test the waters, as it were. Normally, at least 100 people sign up for a test drive.
For the upcoming kayak rentals, the rate will be a reasonable $20 for 90 minutes on the water (and $5 for each additional 15 minutes). For that, you can get a paddle, life jackets and a boat. The rental area will be located on the canal near the west entrance of the park, an area better known for being the site of skating ponds in the winter.
“We’re going to have a good variety,” Twardesky said. “This is something new, particularly for Wayne County. We want to get people who haven’t done this before, but there are so many opportunities with this. If you are having a family reunion nearby, for instance, you can go rent a kayak and make a day of your visit.”
Twardesky added that local businesses are being solicited to be a part of the kayak rental program. Those who rent from the center will be able to use discount coupons at local business — which will help keep dollars in Trenton.
The location should be a real draw, too. Located off the Trenton Channel, kayakers will have the opportunity to enjoy the relatively calm waters not far from the park. But, experienced kayakers also will have the ability to navigate out into the Detroit River and into Lake Erie, if they choose.
For more information on the rental program, you can direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org