For a town whose name echoes the industry of its past, Millvale has made huge strides to transform polluted waterways into public amenities. And on May 26th, when Kayak Millvale begins operating a kayak and bicycle rental facility, it will be that much easier for residents to access a cleaner, healthier Allegheny River.
Kayak Millvale, a project of Venture Outdoors
, will have an initial fleet of 20 kayaks and 15 bikes available for rent, seven days a week. Prices for one- and- two-person boats range from $15 to $20 an hour.
Venture Outdoors operates two other kayak rental programs, one in North Park, and the North Shore-based Kayak Pittsburgh
, which was launched in 2004. Last year, the organization rented-out over 14,000 kayaks to paddlers on the Allegheny.
According to Millvale Borough Council Vice President John Kelley, the boat rental program is just one of many upgrades coming to Millvale’s Riverfront Park and outdoor recreation areas. An existing walk-in boat launch will soon be joined by new finger piers and a new dock for non-motorized boats, as well as additional facilities.
Kelley says Kayak Millvale is a great fit for the borough, and expects the service to become very popular.
“[Kayak Millvale] knows the river like the back of their hand,” he says. “These guys were born to have their concession in this spot.”
The Millvale Borough Development Corporation and borough council approached Venture Outdoors about bringing their concession to the Riverfront Park. Kelley says the town's current leadership is committed to improving the public's access to waterways, and increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Jon Lucadomo, of Venture Outdoors, says his organization will start by offering a small fleet of boats while gauging the public's demand.
Kelley, himself a member of the Three Rivers Rowing Association, which also uses Millvale’s waterfront facilities, says paddling in the middle of the Allegheny is a “revelation.”
“It’s a completely different point of view,” he says. “I just hope that everyone in Pittsburgh has a chance to come out and experience this.”
will be located along the Allegheny River at Millvale Riverfront Park, River Front Drive, Millvale, PA 15209; open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to dusk; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to dusk.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: John Kelly; Jon Lucadomo, Venture Outdoors