Washington officials hope new kayak launch will boost economy
WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) – Washington City officials joined the Sound Rivers organization on Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new kayak launch at the Mason’s Landing boat launch.
Washington being a city that thrives on its waterfront and river attractions, city officials like Mayor Donald Sadler are optimistic that additions to their waterways like kayak launches will provide a means for natural resources like the Pamlico and Tar rivers. to add an extra boost to their economy.
“It’s a beautiful day to see this. Washington being an aquatic community, this new kayaking launch will bring people to enjoy the river. With them going out to enjoy the river, the public will visit the restaurants and hopefully spend the night and we can make it a weekend, ”said Mayor Sadler.
Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jillian Howell explained that these launches are unique, stating, “This is an ADA accessible kayak launch, so able-bodied paddlers and people are going to be able to use it as well.” The launches have benches and several other ADA approved accessories, making them more user-friendly for people with limited mobility.
Sound Rivers also built a kayak launch pad at Haven’s Garden, near the Washington Estuary. Sound Rivers officials said they are currently working on adding an additional kayak launch at the Greenville port terminal.
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