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The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced the 2020 Paddles Up at Beaver Island State Park has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants’ health.
This would have been the 15th anniversary of the event meant to highlight paddling on the Niagara River.
In its place will be an online paddling event where participants can post photos and videos of their adventure on area waterways.
The “Paddles Up Solo” Facebook Event will take place from July 17-31. People can take a picture or video of themselves paddling during this time and post it to the “Paddles Up Solo” Facebook Event page. They will automatically be entered into a random drawing for one of three prizes. Visit the Niagara River Greenway Facebook page for event details.
Kids can get involved, too, by participating in a coloring contest sponsored by Rotary Club of Grand Island. Look for the Paddles Up coloring page in the Island Dispatch or Grand Island PennySaver. Send in a colored page to Niagara Frontier Publications by July 27.
Winners will be drawn by the end of the month. Prizes will be announced on the coloring contest page.
Organizers of the annual Paddles Up include the Niagara River Greenway, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Niagara Outfitters, Grand Island Recreation Department, New York State Parks and Rotary Club of Grand Island. They are urge all Western New Yorkers to spend time on the water in order to reduce stress and provide a safe family activity – but to follow the current pandemic guidelines and wear a personal floatation device.