Kayak Rentals at Eco Preserve Offer Weekend Adventures
Feb 21, 2018 07:51AM ● Published by Kevin
"It was sort of spur of the moment," said senior environmental rec specialist Katie Locklin. "I was asked if we wanted to offer a coupon, and I thought, 'Sure, why not? We've never really tried it before.'"
So far, Locklin said, a few people have shown up because they read about the promotion in the parks and recreation department's newsletter. Locklin said she thought it would have garnered more interest, so they will probably run the promotion again in the future.
The reason for a four-hour rental recommendation is because there's a portage involved, which takes about 20 minutes to do, Locklin said. She noted that the other side of the portage is the best part of the park, so if you only go out for two hours, you don't get to explore the other part of the park as long as you may like.
"I really want people to get to the other side because, due to Hurricane Irma, trees got uprooted on the trail, so it's just open," she said. "They were Brazilian Peppers so it's not bad that they're gone. It's just ugly and open. So, the best part of the park is the other side. It's like being out in the wilderness of Cape Coral ... no houses, not a lot of boat traffic, very narrow waterways ... We want people to get to that side."
When asked about how the re-planted and cleanup process has been going, Locklin told us, "It's not a one-man job. We've got a lot of work to do." She has been reaching out to local Boy Scout Troops, among others, that are willing to help in this process.
Between this Friday and Sunday, the weather forecast, according to The Weather Channel, is mostly sunny, with highs ranging between 85 and 87 degrees. This makes for a nice day out on the water, Locklin said, expecting the water to be calm on the good side of the tour, making for a relaxing day.