By: Neal Monaghan
Well opening day wasn’t what we were hoping for – the weather forced us to remain closed. We’re thinking positive thoughts about this upcoming weekend, hoping the Pittsburgh weather cooperates so yinz can get on the water! Kayak Pittsburgh will be open on weekends only until the season kicks into gear on Memorial Day. Our North Park and North Shore locations will be open in May, and the Aspinwall Riverfront Park location will follow shortly after the season gets up and running. This is an exciting time for staff, Venture Outdoors members, and our casual customers.
My name is Neal and this is my second year working as a Supervisor at our North Shore location. My experience working for Venture Outdoors through Kayak Pittsburgh has me looking forward to this season immensely! It is an amazing feeling to be able to assist the public in providing the gear, guidance, and inspiration to make outdoor recreation a possibility for the greater Pittsburgh area. As most may already know, all it takes to come and kayak – whether you’re experienced or not – is just a good attitude and willingness to have fun! One of the best things to see for me personally is when people come up to us who may be scared or nervous to get out onto the water. By the end of their trip, they are glad they chose a new opportunity to get outside and enjoy the city. I have seen people of all ages come through our concession. They return from their trip on the water with a huge smile and plans to come back.
We are always willing to make the trip comfortable and take the extra time to ensure that all of our guests enjoy every kayaking experience with us. We all love making it a learning experience for newbies and a blast for veterans.
If you’re new to Venture Outdoors and Kayak Pittsburgh or even if you’re familiar with us, everyone in the organization hopes to see you on the water at one of our three locations this summer. Our customers and members are the reason we provide everyone with the opportunity to create a memory just by getting outside and joining us on a beautiful day. Take advantage of the lovely May weather and visit us while we kickstart our season on the lake and the river.