Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez recently joined with members of North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak (NACK) and officials from the Town of Babylon Department of Environmental Control to officially declare the start of kayaking season in the Town, with a ribbon cutting at Cedar Beach Marina to unveil signs marking the multiple kayaking trails in the Great South Bay. At the ceremony, members of NACK praised the Town for raising awareness about the sport while also demonstrated their skills on the water. Deputy Supervisor Martinez spoke of his recent kayaking experiences and encouraged residents to try it for themselves.
“Located right on the water, the Town of Babylon truly is a natural spot for kayaking,” said Deputy Supervisor Martinez. “Having been on the water recently myself, I can tell you that not only is kayaking a relaxing activity but it provides great exercise as well. Our area is home to so many beautiful views, some of which may only be accessible by water; kayaking is a great way to experience these hidden gems.”
The signs, which have been installed at six launch sites throughout the Town, not only mark the designated trails but also contain important safety information that every kayaker should remember, whether they’re a beginner or expert. The launch sites are located at Cedar Beach, Gilgo Beach, Tanner Park, Village of Amityville Beach, Venetian Shores Park and Oak Beach Park. A map of launch sites and routes is available at www.townofbabylon.com.
At the ribbon cutting, Deputy Supervisor Martinez also announced that the Town plans on holding a major kayaking event in the fall, with details to come.