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City hosts Cocoplum Paddle-a-thon on April 14

Post Date:02/28/2018 11:12 AM

Get your oars in the water in North Port this April! The City of North Port’s Parks & Recreation will host a Cocoplum Paddle-a-thon from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Avenue.

This event is for all standup paddlers and kayakers. The Paddle-a-thon includes two races. One is for the beginner SUP and kayak paddler and includes a half-mile race. The other is for a more experienced SUP and kayak paddler and includes a two-mile race. Finisher medals will be awarded to all participants.

Participants must provide their own equipment, including boards/kayaks and personal floatation devices. Advance registration is required. The cost is $25 per person to participate. Paddlers of all ages are welcome.

The City of North Port has been steadily opening up its waterways to more recreational use throughout the past three years. Home to more than 80 miles of freshwater canals, the City has installed equipment to provide a water connection between four of its local parks, including Butler Park, Dallas White Park, McKibben Park, and Blue Ridge Park, . An additional launch was installed in 2017 behind City Hall to access the Snover Waterway. The Cocoplum Paddle-a-thon is an event to encourage residents to explore North Port’s pristine waterways.

The City is also seeking organizations, individuals, or businesses interested in sponsoring the Cocoplum Paddle-a-thon. Tiered sponsorships are available at the gold, silver, bronze, and in-kind level. Sponsorships assist in offsetting the cost of the event.

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is an in-kind sponsor.

For more information or to register, contact the City’s Parks & Recreation Division, a division of the General Services Department, at (941) 429-7275.

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