Schuylkill River Greenways celebrates Take It Outdoors partnership with group paddle

Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence and Craig Colistra of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation joined the event

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Regional representatives joined Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area board and staff members on June 30 for a group paddle on the river.

With the recent transition to the green phase of the governorโ€™s three-part reopening plan, Schuylkill River Greenways commemorated a new partnership with Take It Outdoors through a socially distant group paddle. SRG announced the strategic partnership with the recreation company last month.

Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence and his son kayak on the Schuylkill River during a group paddle to celebrate SRG’s partnership with Take It Outdoors.

Schuylkill River Greenways Executive Director Elaine Paul Schaefer along with others from the nonprofit organization met at the newly opened Take It Outdoors location in Pottstown. Montgomery County Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation Program Officer of Recreation and Health Craig Colistra, and National Heritage Areas Program Communications Coordinator Phyllida Whittaker, joined the group paddle.

Everyone was shuttled to Ganshahawny Park in Douglass Township. After a safety briefing, participants got in kayaks and paddle 4.5 miles down the Schuylkill River to return to Take It Outdoors. , where the group will then get in kayaks for a 4.5 mile paddle down the Schuylkill River for a return to Take It Outdoors.

Participants were masks when not on the water and stayed socially distant from those outside their household.

Take It Outdoors provides boat rentals, a free bike share, shuttle services and educational programming. Individuals, families and small groups have the opportunity to enjoy self-guided or assisted full-and-half-day outings, group excursions, and do-it-yourself pedal and paddle adventures combining kayaking and bicycling. The recreational service is located on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Pottstown. The address is 57 E. Schuylkill Avenue. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 610-656-3963. Walk-ups are welcome but will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

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