HVA planning new canoe access in Stockbridge, Mass.
Friday, June 19, 2015
HVA is working with the Town of Stockbridge to install a canoe and kayak dock at Park Street in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Thousands of canoers and kayakers enjoy one of the most scenic and pleasant paddles on the Housatonic River by launching from the town park on Park Street in Stockbridge. The swift current meanders southward from the center of town, winds through the country club and past the Norman Rockwell property. The river slows for the final stretch to the take-out above the Glendale Dam.
However, there is a problem!
Access to the river proves challenging, if not dangerous!
Entering or exiting the river, the paddler is face-to-face with a thicket of stinging nettles; a steep, slippery, muddy bank; and a knee-deep mucky river bottom--all of which make launching there extremely challenging. Some paddlers, seeing the danger, carry their boats across the state highway to launch on private property.
For safety and convenience, this Park Street launch site must be improved.
There is a solution! We are ready to install a safe, user-friendly canoe and kayak dock specifically designed for this site. Your help is needed.
Plans are in hand for a floating dock to keep boaters out of the mud and greatly reduce negative impacts to the river bank. Grants from the Stockbridge Community Preservation Committee and a private foundation provided preliminary funding. Public and community support are in place. We have approved grants of $22,500 from the Town of Stockbridge and $5,000 grants from Berkshire Bank Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation and Onyx Specialty Papers. Total cost to purchase and install the dock is $48,000.