FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2020
Paddle Fest Has Been Cancelled
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and
the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department regret to announce that
the annual Kingston Paddle Fest will not be held this year.
A joint event hosted by the City of
Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, Kenco Outfitters, and the Mid-Hudson
Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club held each year on the second Saturday
in June, the Kingston Paddle Fest has been cancelled due to COVID-19
restrictions on gathering and public events.
Individual paddling and rowing are not off
limits if practiced with social distancing and proper safety precautions. The
Kingston Point Beach boat launch is open for launching small motorized and
non-motorized water craft.
“Paddle Fest is one of my favorite summer
events, and I’m saddened that we aren’t able to host such a popular festival
this year,” said Mayor Noble. “While we can’t gather in large numbers, the boat
launch at Kingston Point Beach is open for individuals, and I encourage
visitors to use all recommended safety precautions when enjoying water sports
this season. I also want to thank Kenco Outfitters for their dedication to
getting as many people as possible outside and on our waterways, and for all
their community support during these difficult times.”
About the Kingston Paddle Fest: Formerly
the Kingston Kayak Festival, this event formally began in 2008 and annually
draws hundreds, from Kingston and beyond, to use a variety of non-motorized
water craft, including recreational, touring kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and
canoes on the Hudson River.