Mount Holly plans to add kayak launches to make town accessible by creek
A city in Burlington County is looking for ways to make its main street more accessible by kayak.
John Anderson is the director of Rancocas Pathways. He has been leading kayakers through the Rancocas stream for years. But he says a connection between downtown Mount Holly and the stream running through it is what is missing.
“If you put up a ramp, people have a place to access the resource, which means I get more out of it and that’s what we need here,” he says.
The township is now looking to add kayak launches in town – two in parks and one that would connect the creek to High Street businesses.
“What happens is a lot of people come into town and see the buildings and they can see the back of the businesses and they want to buy things and they have nowhere to go out,” says Brian Parker, chef and director of Le Bistrot chez Vincent.
Business owners along the creek say a launch would have a big impact by allowing kayakers to stop in town for shopping, dining and drinking.
“For businesses, this is a great opportunity to reach out to people who are only going to visit the city for recreational purposes. a lot of kayakers and those who don’t stay to buy things because there is nowhere for them, like I said, to have easy access to get in and out. “
“Eighty percent of the people who kayak here, they’re going to stop in town,” says Anderson. “Recreational kayakers, they will come to some of the business activities. “
Mount Holly officials say they are currently in the process with the state to add the launches. They say their plan is to launch two of the three launches.
“Hopefully this will happen like it did two years ago,” Parks says.
Currently, kayakers are allowed to access the creek from certain points in the township, but avid kayakers say these new launches will also make it more accessible for people with disabilities.