Montgomery County’s First Adaptive Kayaking Pier to be Dedicated on Sunday, May 1, at Riley’s Lock in Poolesville

by Patrick Herron
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Per Montgomery County:
Montgomery County’s first adaptive kayaking pier will be dedicated at Riley’s Lock in Poolesville with a celebration from 12:30-5 p m. on Sunday, May 1, that will include music, food and free adaptive kayaking lessons. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. to dedicate the accessible pier for individuals with disabilities and the overall achievement for the disability community.

Riley’s Lock is also known as Lock 24 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which is part of the 184.5 miles long that follows the Potomac River. It was one of 74 locks on the canal and was named after the family that operated the lock. Riley’s Lock today is part of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The site is the only place on the canal that has a lift lock connected to an aqueduct.
Riley’s Lock is located at towpath mile-marker 22.7 and is adjacent to Seneca Creek,The celebration of the adaptive kayaking pier will include the period from 2-5 p.m. that Team River Runner operates weekly. Team River Runner is a kayaking organization that welcomes veterans with any disability, family members of those veterans and anyone else looking to help support veterans. Free adaptive kayaking equipment and lessons will be available to the disability community on this special occasion. Advance registration is required to participate. Click here to register.

Experienced kayakers have an opportunity to compete in the 2022 Seneca Showdown  race on from 9 a.m.-noon on May 1. From the event’s proceeds, 50 percent will go to Team River Runner. Click here to register for the Seneca Showdown Race.

More information about the events can be obtained by emailing Angela Fox at accessibilityishome@gmail.com.

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3 comments

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Jen Dunn April 27, 2022 - 8:04 pm

There’s been an adaptive kayak ramp at Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park in Derwood for years. As a former dock hand, it was heartwarming to see all sorts of people take advantage of it so they can enjoy the water!

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Regina April 28, 2022 - 7:00 pm

Is it still there?

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Jen Dunn April 27, 2022 - 8:05 pm

Glad to see more people will be able to enjoy the water! There’s been an adaptive kayak ramp at Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park in Derwood for years. As a former dock hand, it was heartwarming to see all sorts of people take advantage of it so they can enjoy the water!

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