2013-07-24 / Front Page

Maritime Adventure At Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

By Lauren Gross

When natives of Queens think of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, they most likely think about the two World’s Fairs, the Unisphere, sprawling fields, playgrounds and the Flushing Bay Promenade. Most people are not aware of the park’s other features that include boating, canoeing and rowing the lake. Flushing Meadows -Corona Park offers an assortment of water sports through both guided classes and private rentals on the beautiful Meadow Lake. With the heat of summer upon us, being near a body of water is always a great way to spend your days off with family and friends.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. you can rent paddleboats, rowboats, and “hydrobikes”, which as their name suggests are basically large waterproof bicycles, on the east side of Meadow Lake. These rentals cost $20 for the first hour and $9 for each additional hour. These vehicles are for the renters to use at their own disposal, and although using these vessels isn’t particularly difficult for the average person, keep in mind that there will be minimal instruction on using these boats. Several testimonials to using these rentals have been positive and marked with a desire to use this service again.
If you are looking for something a little more structured, on August 3, from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m., there will be an intermediate canoeing lesson on Meadow Lake. Participants will meet with trained Urban Park Rangers on the southeast side of the lake, just west of the Van Wyck Expressway. The rangers will lead the boaters from the gentle waters of the protected lake areas to more exhilarating open waters of the connecting rivers and bays of Meadow Lake. This event is completely free to all who choose to partake and is recommended for children eight years old and up. Although all people are welcome, some experience on the water is preferred.  
It seems that sometimes we are so busy in our everyday lives; it is often hard to figure out what to do during our downtime. People are surprisingly, yet constantly finding themselves bored with little to do on the weekends in the bustling borough of Queens.
Perhaps the reason not many Queens inhabitants know about these activities is because we don’t normally associate city living with water sports, pastimes more closely associated with beach vacations and trips to the Hamptons. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park strives to challenge this notion with the invitation to all city-dwellers to come out and embrace the juxtaposition that is canoeing or hydrobiking in the midst of metropolitan Queens.

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