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Join Gahanna Parks and Recreation on a variety of paddling experiences throughout central Ohio. Each float will start with Ohio Department of Natural Resources/American Canoe Association certified instructors providing a Paddling QuickStart introduction to canoeing and kayaking. All canoes, kayaks, life vests, paddles and guides to help along the float are provided. Specific location of each paddling site TBD. Age: 18+
Gahanna Parks & Recreation and the Gahanna Police Department have teamed up for this new program. Police Officers & Parks & Recreation staff will be onsite to lead participants to learn the basics of the sport. Casting, rigging and fish identification are several of the topics. All ages welcome, program coincides with ODNR free fishing weekend (no license required, any age). All equipment will be provided including bait & tackle. Pre-registration is required.
Exploration Paddle:Explore the Big Walnut Creek on a paddling adventure! Naturalists will be on-hand to talk about the ecosystems and watersheds that make the Big Walnut Creek a crown jewel of Gahanna. The journey will begin at the northern border of Gahanna, floating down the creek, venturing through several of Gahanna’s Parks, City of Columbus properties and the airport, ending at Pizzurro Park. Gahanna Parks & Recreation certified kayak/canoe instructors will lead the float along with naturalists from Columbus Recreation & Parks and Franklin County Metro Parks, providing a natural interpretation of these one of a kind outdoor places. All equipment will be provided. Lunch is included with registration. Ages 12 and older, under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should park at Pizzurro Park; a shuttle will be provided to the launch location.Family Canoe & Kayak Float:Join Gahanna Parks and Recreation as we relax and enjoy the beauty of the Big Walnut Creek waterway that is right here in our backyard! The day will start with a Paddling SmartStart introduction to canoeing and kayaking, provided by Ohio Department of Natural Resources/ American Canoe Association certified instructors. The journey will begin at the northern border of Gahanna, floating down the creek and ending at Friendship Park. This float is appropriate for ages 8 and older; participants 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. A light lunch at Woodside Green Park will be included along with canoes, kayaks, life vests, paddles and guides to help along the float. Participants should park at Friendship Park, and transportation will be provided to the launch location.
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