2018-07-05 / News

City, Kiwanis, volunteers dedicate canoe/kayak landing


Lapeer Parks and Recreation Director, Rodney Church, Co-chair of the Lapeer chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition Peter McCreedy, and Lapeer City Manager Dale Kerbyson admire the new informational kiosk at the canoe/ kayak launch at Rotary Park. The project was funded with a $5,500 Sunrise Kiwanis grant. 
Photos Phil Foley Lapeer Parks and Recreation Director, Rodney Church, Co-chair of the Lapeer chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition Peter McCreedy, and Lapeer City Manager Dale Kerbyson admire the new informational kiosk at the canoe/ kayak launch at Rotary Park. The project was funded with a $5,500 Sunrise Kiwanis grant. Photos Phil Foley LAPEER — Close to 30 people gathered in Rotary Park Thursday along the Flint River in Lapeer where it slips under the old Penn Central Railroad bridge under threatening clouds and stayed through a downpour to listen to Peter McCreedy, co-chair of the Lapeer chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, dedicate a new informational kiosk highlighting watersports opportunities along the river and the city’s park system.

“The economics are solid,” McCreedy said. “We have seen over the last two years that more than three-quarters of the public participants that show up to paddle are not from Lapeer County.”


Peter McCreedy paddles under the old Penn Central Railroad bridge in Lapeer and up to the city’s new canoe/kayak launch. The launch was designed to provide easy access to the river to matter how high or low the water level gets. Peter McCreedy paddles under the old Penn Central Railroad bridge in Lapeer and up to the city’s new canoe/kayak launch. The launch was designed to provide easy access to the river to matter how high or low the water level gets. The kiosk, which was paid for by a grant from the Sunrise Kiwanis Club, features maps of the city’s parks and trailways. Club Treasurer Laird Kelly said the group donated $5,500 for the canoe/kayak landing and the informational kiosk.

Later this year, said McCreedy, work will begin on another canoe/kayak landing on North Saginaw Street, making a two-hour canoe trip in the city limits possible. Starting with the city’s Ponds and Prairies part on the city’s west side and ending at Columbiaville, the river offers 10 hours of paddling, he said.

“This is just the beginning,” McCreedy said.


Peter McCreedy slides a kayak down the first of two canoe/ kayak launches in the city of Lapeer. The launches, he said, will encourage paddle sports recreation in the city. “A kid needs to be able to canoe through the city,” he said. Peter McCreedy slides a kayak down the first of two canoe/ kayak launches in the city of Lapeer. The launches, he said, will encourage paddle sports recreation in the city. “A kid needs to be able to canoe through the city,” he said. — Phil Foley

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