Do you want to get in the water but you don’t have a boat? This kayak vending machine has you covered
“The lake is such a great resource for us and it gets so many visitors a year. But there are so many people who are new to kayaking or don’t own a boat, and the accessibility just isn’t there,” she said. “Not only is (Longwood) very close to the city centre, it’s one of our most visited locations – between Longwood and Wilshire across the street, they get incredibly crowded every weekend. I think it will have good visibility, and it’s in a protected cove where you won’t have to worry too much about boat traffic around you.”
Mattison said she plans to install additional cabins in Holly and Lanier Point parks in the future, all in the name of increasing residents’ connection to local waterways.
“I just want more people to be able to have an interaction with the lake that’s not just about jumping off rocks or fishing off the shore,” she said. “You know, boating is not a cheap hobby. I personally have kayaks, but have never bought a stand up paddle board because of the cost…but if I can drop $20 and go paddling for an hour and get $20 of fun out of it, I’m happy. And that’s what I want others to be able to do – those who are newbies or newbies or can’t afford one or don’t have a vehicle.