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City Water Day Kicks Off with Cardboard Kayak Race

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New York City has more than 200 miles of public waterfront and one local organization is trying to make sure you take advantage of it. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Debra Roth and Mark Musters took a turn at kayaking in New York Harbor Saturday.

"It is actually a cathartic experience to be sitting here. You getting on a ferry. You are five minutes away. You are in the water. You are looking at the Manhattan skyline," Musters says.

"You know it is the ocean, basically. You get a little water in your mouth. It is salt water, you know" says Roth.

These families took part in a cardboard kayak building and racing contest on Governors Island.

"I have never done anything like it and it seems like it will be really fun to do," says participant Anna Dubey.

Laura Clark signed them up to help teach her kids the importance of our city's waterfront.

"It makes people think about whether or not the water is clean and whether or not you want to be getting in the water, because we are going to be building a boat out of cardboard, chances are good people are going to end up in the water," Clark says.

These were just some of the activities at more than 35 locations around the city and New Jersey that were part of City of Water Day, a celebration of the potential of our waterfront.

Besides kayaking and crafting, kids got up close with marine life.

We have the greatest harbor in the world and we don't use it half as much as we should," Lewis says.

Organizers say it is important to preserve our waterfront for recreation and transportation, but also to protect us during weather events like hurricanes.

"The water is rising. Climate change is a reality. And New York, like every coastal region, coastal city, around the world must prepare—must make our city more resilient," Lewis says.

For more information on our city's waterfront, visit waterfrontalliance.org.

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