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On Sunday, more than 250 New Yorkers joined together in Swindler Cove Park for NYRP’s annual Harlem River Festival, where they celebrated New York City’s rivers, shorelines and waterways, and of course, the beautiful Harlem River!

Attendees enjoyed an array of activities, including an inflatable pirate ship with slides, fish-shaped cookie decorating, family portraits at the shoreline, aquatic animal education, oar coloring and a surf simulator ride that some thrill seekers rode at up to 40 miles per hour! New York Aquarium, Harlem River Community Rowing, Long Island Community Boathouse and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance were all on-hand to educate and inspire – leading creative demonstrations and challenging the crowd to try new, exciting water activities.



Community members donned life jackets and headed out onto the water where Harlem River Community Rowing took them into the cove in an beautiful, authentic rowboat. Long Island Community Boathouse launched from the shore in colorful canoes – leading groups across the water to investigate the aquatic plant life and see the cove from a whole new perspective.

Check out the pictures and the awesome Youtube video of NYRP’s education staff seining with an excited group of attendees, which was posted by our friend Erik from Long Island Community Boathouse!

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