Kayaking the Charles

Watertown Square Docks – Around 100 residents gathered on the docks in Watertown Square over the weekend to take part in the Watertown Recreation Department and Live Well Watertown’s first-ever kayaking event. Residents young and old took to their tandem kayaks provided by Charles River Canoe & Kayak on Saturday, paddling from the docks down to the Brighton Bridge. “This is one of our many multi-generational programs where we bring people together and introduce different active living programs right in the community,” said Stephanie Venizelos, Project Coordinator for Live Well Watertown.

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Photo by Dan Hogan

Residents weren’t the only ones to hit the water. Watertown’s Director of Recreation Director, Peter Centola and Assistant Director, Ernie Thebado had a kayak of their own. “We picked the perfect day. The water is so calm,” said Thebado.

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Photo by Dan Hogan

Over the course of the day, four groups of around 25 people went out at a time. The trek included scenic views of various kinds of wildlife, boats at the local yacht clubs, and a view of the recently renovated braille trail that runs adjacent to the Charles River. “It was gorgeous. The Perkins school and the Solomon Fund have just done a great job revitalizing that whole area,” said Centola

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The Recreation Department and Live Well have teamed up for several healthy living events this year, most recently a walking tour of Gore Place on the Watertown/Waltham line. Going forward, Live Well and the Recreation Department are hoping to continue this kayaking event as often as possible. “Hopefully moving forward we’re going to have this as a regular thing a couple times a year,” said Thebado.


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Story by Dan Hogan, News Producer
Video by Sam Dudley, Videographer
Filmed on May 14, 2016

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