Sunday, April 8, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Featured image: People boating on the Des Plaines River. | Courtesy Forest Preserves of Cook County
Forest Preserves of Cook County officials will be on hand on Saturday, April 14 in Maywood to celebrate the grand opening of the county’s newest canoe and kayak launch along the Des Plaines River at Maywood Grove, 1 Ohio St. in Maywood.
Forest Preserve officials will also unveil the new Greater Maywood Paddling Program at the April 14 event.
“They’ve already cut two paths from two different parking lots to the west bank of the Des Plaines River,” said Gordon Hanson, a Maywood resident who has been pushing for a boat launch in the Maywood area for the last several years.
Hanson said that the new launch could “create more positive traffic in Maywood for people coming here to recreate” and could “be a vehicle to boost the value of the community.”
Hanson said that he went to the Forest Preserve roughly two years ago to tell officials that he had identified a place for a boat landing. There was nothing here in Maywood.
“When you learn to kayak and canoe, you feel better about who you are and that translates to other parts of your life,” said Hanson, who also facilitates a chess club at the Maywood Public Library.
“If kids in this community would learn to swim and boat, they’d feel good about themselves,” Hanson added, noting that the benefits of chess that he witnesses in the lives of club participants are similar to canoeing and kayaking.
According to a statement released by Forest Preserve officials, there “will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, and short canoe and kayak trips from Trailside Museum [738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest] to Maywood Grove throughout the event.”
The event will last from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more info on the canoe and kayak launch, and on the new paddling program, call 708-386-4042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. VFP
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