Youth on the Columbia
The popular Youth On The Columbia spring program, offered by your Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, will begin in early May, 2014 and continue through mid-June. Canoes will launch from the dock at Confluence State Park and paddle from the Columbia through side channels to the Wenatchee River and back.
Volunteers are needed to:
- Paddle the bow and stern positions in the 25-foot Voyageur canoes
- Offer support assistance on shore
- Transport the Voyageur trailer and other equipment from the Annex to Big Bow Pond and back
One hour, one day or multiple days, any time you have to offer is valuable. If you are interested in participating in this rewarding program please contact Kim George, firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-679-6247, to request a copy of the current schedule and to volunteer for the days that would work best for you.
2014 rowing schedule
Rowing Director Dan Garrison will resume Masters practice on Tuesday, March 1. Here is the schedule:
Tues. & Thurs.: 5:30 to 7:am | Saturdays: 7 to 9:am
More info or have questions, contact Coach David Bentsen at email@example.com
Liliana Leon Memorial
and Scholarship Fund
Liliana Leon, a young Pioneer Middle School student, tragically lost her life on May 28, 2012, while attempting to rescue her friend from the cold, fast-flowing Columbia River. Only 13 years old at the time of her death, Liliana was a dedicated student who played in her school's Mariachi program.
In recognition of her bravery, on Nov. 8, 2012 the City of Wenatchee posthumously awarded her the city's Good Samaritan Award. Liliana was only the second person ever to receive the honor. Her parents, Guadalupe and Maria Leon, and younger sister, Jocelyn, accepted the award on her behalf.
WRPC's Board voted unanimously to construct a permanent memorial to Liliana, and is now moving forward with the project. The memorial honoring Liliana's life and sacrifice will consist of a basalt bench and stonework with a column engraved with her likeness. It will be located at the top of WRPC's dock ramp, and will evoke remembrance and urge caution to all who pass by.
The estimated cost of the memorial will be $2,500-3,000. All surplus gifts will go into a WRPC scholarship fund for deserving youth. The Board will be fundraising through Memorial Day.
You can make a donation online at http://wenatcheepaddle.org/store.cfm, or make out a check to WRPC with "Liliana Leon Memorial" written in the notes line and mail to:
WRPC, P.O. 3925 Wenatchee, WA 98807.
Rowing AND Paddling
Join us in the love of
The Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club is the only facility of its kind in
the upper Columbia River. For those who live in the Wenatchee area, we
are at most a 10-minute drive away. And thanks to the Apple Capital
Recreation Loop Trail, which travels right by our facility, we are
within biking distance of the entire metro area.
Just as our name implies, we cater
to both rowers and paddlers. Within our club, those who enjoy these
amateur sports possess various skill levels. While most of our members
row and paddle recreationally for fitness, we do have some who train for
and compete in masters races. We also
have a growing program for juniors.
Getting out on the Columbia River provides amazing views of not only
the Cascade Mountains and foothills but also of the metropolitan area.
Wildlife is frequently spotted on the shorelines, including in the
habitat-rich Horan Wildlife Area adjacent to the Columbia's confluence
with the Wenatchee River.
For more on rowing and paddling, see the pages under the 'ACTIVITIES' pulldown menu, at top.
To explore the full range of human-powered activities available in the greater Wenatchee area, visit the Wenatchee Outdoors website and contribute to the Outdoor Forum.