Medina will again offer free kayaking, hydro-bikes through state’s ‘On the Canals’ program

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 April 2022 at 11:34 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Brian Stratton, state canal director, is on the hydro-bike and Greg Reed, Orleans County YMCA director, is in the kayak in this photo on June 15, 2021 at Medina’s Canal Basin.

MEDINA – The kayaks and hydro-bikes will be back in Medina this summer.

The State Canal Corp. offered the 8-week program last year. Medina was one of five canal communities offering free “On the Canals” outdoor excursions last summer as part of the state’s Reimagine the Canals initiative. The other communities in the program include Macedon, Waterloo, Savannah and Amsterdam.

Medina will offer them again this year, but it will be scaled down from six days to four days. People can use the kayaks and hydro-bikes without a charge and can make appointments online. The Orleans County YMCA manages the program for the state.

Greg Reed, YMCA director, notified the Medina Village Board the program will be back this summer and will be offered from the Canal Basin on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then at Glenwood Lake on Fridays and Saturdays.

Last year, about 1,200 people signed up to use the kayaks and hydro-bikes, Reed said.