Hiking, kayaking and fishing at Harlem River Festival
6/6/2013, 2:03 p.m.
Spend a day celebrating New York City's Harlem River! Join New York Restoration Project's Harlem River Festival and Row New York's Peter Jay Sharp Regatta this Saturday, June 8, and take part in free festival activities for the whole family. The festival fosters community access to the Harlem River, emphasizing its revitalization as an environmental and recreational resource.
Festival activities will include arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and much more. Activities available on a first-come, first-served basis include nature hikes, walk-up kayaking and seine fishing. A favorite among thousands of New York City families, the festival emphasizes the exploration of Swindler Cove's magnificently restored wetlands, indigenous plant and animal life, freshwater ponds and Riley-Levin Children's Garden.
Regional rowing clubs will race along the Harlem River and winners will be awarded medals throughout the morning. Row New York will even provide learn-to-row activities for children and adults. Head Races, a class of regattas, will feature boats racing both against each other and the clock. Spectators will enjoy spectacular views of Olympic racing shells from the greenway along the Harlem River Drive.
The entrance to the festival is located on the bike path at Sherman Creek Park (at the intersection of Harlem River Drive, Dyckman Street and 10th Avenue). To get there by subway, take the A or 1 train to the Dyckman Street stop. Walk southeast on Dyckman Street toward the Harlem River. The entrance to the bike path is just in front of Public School 5.
Festival fun takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boat races take place 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.