Visitors enjoy canoe ride at Sharon Woods Metro Park


"You can feel the warmth of the sun and the breeze is nice and it's a nice physical activity and getting out on the lake and feeling the swaying of the boat," said Ana Vidal, who took her sons David and Daniel out on a canoe at Schrock Lake.

In fact, other friends and families had the same idea.

"Are you excited to ride in the canoe?" Julia Mejia asked her daughter Clara, who nodded yes.

"I think it's very important. It brings you closer together," Julia said.

For this program, The Metro Parks provide everything needed, the life jackets, paddles and of course the canoes.

Here, experienced canoers are welcome but many people just come out to learn the basics.

"She was a little scared at first but in the end she liked it," Julia said about Clara.

And because canoeing is for people of every age, some come to exercise and others participate to enjoy a leisurely ride through nature, all for free.

"It's great for the kids to understand there are other ways to spend time than being inside the house. So they can breathe fresh air and do some physical activity," Vidal said.

It's an activity that put smiles on a lot of faces, all while achieving the Metro Parks goal, getting people out in nature.

There are several other canoe programs at other Metro Parks coming up in July and August.

The next programs at Schrock Lake at Sharon Woods Metro Park will be August 18th and 19th.

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