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Everybody is invited to go kayaking or canoeing for free on Memorial Day, May 30. Flotillas will be departing from Socrates Sculpture Park Beach into Hallets Cove in Astoria  from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will be able to paddle near the East River and explore some of the nooks and crannies on the western Queens coast.

It’s an informal kickoff to the paddling season. Two nonprofits — Astoria Boaters and LIC Community Boathouse — are sponsoring the activity, which will take place only if the weather permits and water quality is high.

People of all ages are welcome, but minors (under 18 years of age) must have a parent or legal guardian present. No prior experience is required and there’s no registration. Participants simply walk to the beach at 31st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard near the Astoria/Long Island City border to sign up. Spots are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The agencies have also requested volunteers to help with registration or accompany beginner boaters.


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