Paddleboat Quarry to Start Renting Kayaks in May

Credit: Naperville Park District website
Credit: Naperville Park District website

The following information comes from a Naperville Park District press release. 

Thanks to a partnership with Naperville Kayak, the Naperville Park District will offer kayak rentals at the Paddleboat Quarry for the 2014 season, beginning May 10.

The one-person kayaks may be rented at the Riverwalk Eatery, just across from the Paddleboat Quarry, located along the Riverwalk near the corner of Jackson Avenue and Eagle Street. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can sign a waiver on their behalf.

The fee for kayak rental is $14 for 30 minutes of kayaking. The fee includes brief instruction, a kayak, paddle, personal floatation device and American Canoe Association (ACA)-trained staff available to answer questions and offer guidance on technique and other kayak-related questions.

“We are excited to bring kayaking to the Paddleboat Quarry for the first time this year,” said Director of Recreation Brad Wilson. “The calm waters of the Quarry will provide a great environment for those who want to try kayaking for the first time.”

Paddleboat fees are $8/boat for a 20-minute ride or $10/boat for 40 minutes. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

The 2014 kayaking and paddleboat season will launch with a special Park District event onSaturday, May 10—Spring Fever Reliever.  From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. kayaks and paddleboats may be rented for half price as part of this fun, multi-faceted celebration of spring.

Kayaking and paddleboats will be available on all non-school days, mid-May through September, 11:00 a.m. until one hour before dusk, weather permitting. Beginning in mid-August, kayaks and paddleboats will close earlier due to earlier darkness. For more details about the Paddleboat Quarry and rentals, visit http://www.napervilleparks.org/facilitieslist/paddleboats.

The Riverwalk Eatery will open Saturday, May 3 with preseason hours through Memorial Day,May 26, on weekends only from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Following Memorial Day, the Eatery will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. until one hour before dusk through mid-August, then on weekends through September. The Eatery is located at 441 Aurora Ave. along the Riverwalk and may be accessed from the Park District Administration Building parking lot, the Centennial Beach parking lot, or from the parking lot at the top of Rotary Hill.


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