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New York Power Authority Hosts Big City Fishing Day for South Bronx Day Campers at Hudson River Park

Contact:
Evelyn Evans
914-390-8187
evelyn.evans@nypa.gov

August 21, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), a sponsor of Big City Fishing, Hudson River Park Trust’s (HRPT) catch-and-release ecology program, recently hosted a day of fishing and ecological exploration for 27 day campers from the South Bronx-based Freedom Community Center. 

The Aug. 16 program began with an overview of the Hudson and its fish species presented by Dennis Dunning, NYPA administrator of aquatic programs and permits.  The children, ages 8 to 12, then took turns fishing in the Hudson off Pier 46, at Christopher and West Streets, using bait and rods provided by HRPT.  They then viewed what they caught in temporary holding tanks and made terrarium models out of plastic bottles, soil and plant sprigs. 

Joe Perez, deputy director of the Freedom Community Center, said in a letter to Sobeida Cruz, NYPA director, Public and Governmental Affairs Lower Hudson Valley, who was instrumental in organizing the trip, “It was the first time any of them had been pier-fishing.  It is because of the generosity (of NYPA) that Freedom is able to continue to serve the community.”

Big City Fishing, which is free and open to the public, will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the Labor Day weekend (except Monday, Aug. 28) at two sites—Pier 46 and Pier 95 at the Clinton Cove and Boathouse near 55th Street and the West Side Highway.

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