Discover fun on the Delaware

Fun in the sun: Na­tion­al Mar­ina Day, sponsored loc­ally by the non­profit Dis­cov­er Boat­ing on the Delaware, fea­tured boat rides. The Penn’s Land­ing Mar­ina also of­fers kayak­ing, row­ing and swan rides. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

The non­profit Dis­cov­er Boat­ing on the Delaware is en­cour­aging people to take ad­vant­age of the fun activ­it­ies avail­able on the Delaware River.

“We want to see more hap­pen on our river from a re­cre­ation­al stand­point,” said Dana Russikoff, a West May­fair res­id­ent and mem­ber of the Delaware River City Cor­por­a­tion.

Russikoff and her hus­band, Ron. are co-own­ers of Sure­Shade, a com­pany at 13440 Dam­ar Drive in Somer­ton that of­fers re­tract­able boat shade sys­tems.

On Sat­urday, Dis­cov­er Boat­ing on the Delaware hos­ted the loc­al cel­eb­ra­tion of Na­tion­al Mar­ina Day at Penn’s Land­ing. The or­gan­iz­a­tion is led by the Pennsylvania En­vir­on­ment­al Coun­cil’s Delaware River am­bas­sad­ors.

The am­bas­sad­ors spoke to Penn’s Land­ing vis­it­ors about ways to en­joy the river­front, such as tak­ing boat rides, kayak­ing, vis­it­ing the In­de­pend­ence Sea­port Mu­seum and join­ing one of dozens of yacht clubs as a so­cial mem­ber. They are also try­ing to get the mar­ine in­dustry in­ter­ested in mak­ing more use of the river from Trenton to the Delaware Bay.

“We want to shine a spot­light on this river,” Dana Russikoff said.

Russikoff is pleased with the pro­gress made by the DCCC, which has fo­cused on build­ing trails and parks. She hopes private wa­ter­front land own­ers move for­ward with their pre­vi­ously an­nounced grand plans for hous­ing and oth­er amen­it­ies.

“We want to see river­front de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

For more in­form­a­tion on re­cre­ation­al op­por­tun­it­ies on the river, vis­it www.dis­co­v­er­boat­in­gonthe­ ••

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