Paddling The River

Paddling The River


(kayak scrapes)
(slow acoustic music) – It’s summer time in the 509.
(water burbles) We’re out for a good paddle. Takes about an hour to
get up to the brewery, have a little bite to eat,
paddle back, it’s a good spot. City put this in a couple years ago, it’s been great every summer. (instructor gives directions)
– All right, thank you. – [Instructor] Yeah. – This is a great location along the river with lots of really still
water for much of the summer, and so this was a great
place to increase access for our citizens, right in this location. (kayak splashes) – We started operations here underneath the Division
Street Bridge in 2016. – Perfect, here you go. – [Keith] We really pride
ourselves in facilitating fun and making it as safe as we can for people,
setting them up for success. Every rental includes a free mini-lesson. – All right, have fun. – It’s just such a
glorious place to paddle, and it’s a funny spot for a launch, directly underneath this bridge, but you’re paddling
through the Gonzaga campus, through the WSU campus,
and right around the bridge that’s just around that corner, it’s so peaceful, and
you can’t even believe that you’re downtown.
(water bubbles) – The Spokane River gets a lot of flak, but that’s usually from
people that don’t play in it. The Spokane River’s great. It’s a lifeline here, it’s awesome. The water is crystal clear and a lot of it’s fed by the aquifer. – It’s a neighborhood
resource for our downtown, imagine that, where we
can get into a kayak, get onto a paddle board,
get onto a beautiful river right in the core of our city. (kayak scrapes) – [Keith] Great thing is it’s
headed in the right direction. It’s getting cleaner every year, and the more people we
can get on the river, the more awareness we bring,
the more awareness there is, the better for the river,
the better for the community. (water ripples)

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