public programs

Free Community Rowing

every saturday and sunday


september 5 through november 1

hunts point riverside park
lafayette avenue and edgewater road
bronx, ny

Dates are subject to change. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

It has always been a point of tremendous pride for Rocking the Boat to offer South Bronx residents the means to get outdoors and explore the Bronx River through the Community Rowing program. It would have been unsafe to host the usual crowds of participants during the program’s traditional Memorial Day to Labor Day season. But with the steady decline of New York City’s infection rate, we are pleased to announce our fall dates when you, your neighbors, and friends, can once again come rowing with us!

Our staff look forward to welcoming you back on board student-built wooden boats and sharing the Bronx River with you. By attending Community Rowing, you agree to follow Rocking the Boat’s COVID protocols below. These protocols fulfill both New York State and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Community Rowing COVID-19 Safety Protocols

We have implemented enhanced health and safety measures to protect you, other visitors, and our staff. You agree to follow all posted instructions while visiting our sites. It is your responsibility to contribute to our efforts to keep you, other visitors, and our staff safe and healthy.

  • People going out in boats will need to be from the same family unit.
  • Everyone (staff and public) will wear face masks at all times.  Rocking the Boat will have face masks available for people who don't come with one.  There are no exceptions to this policy, and you will not be admitted to our sites if you are not wearing a mask. We reserve the right to refuse entry and/or eject anyone from the event who does not comply with this requirement.
  • Hands must be washed, and Rocking the Boat will have hand sanitizer for people to use before going out to the boats.  
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a tissue.
  • Staff will wipe down the boat (gunwales, seats) with disinfectant after each group. 
  • Please practice social distancing—keep a minimum of six feet between you and others who are not in your party. Entering and exiting the boats may require that you be closer than six feet for a momentary period of time.  You will agree to follow any instructions that ensure social distancing remains in force.
  • You and everyone in your party will be asked to confirm that you have not had any viral-like symptoms, including but not limited to fever and cough, in the 48 hours prior to your arrival. You will be asked to confirm if you or anyone you live with are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. You will be asked if you've been diagnosed by a medical professional with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.  You will be asked if you or anyone you live with has traveled to an area with significant community spread of COVID-19, as designated by New York State, in the past 14 days. If you feel ill, exhibit symptoms, or have had contact with a COVID-19 patient in the last 14 days, please stay home and seek care. Visitors who experience viral-like symptoms while on our property agree to self-identify to Rocking the Boat staff before leaving the property.
  • Your temperature will be taken on site; if your temperature is higher than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed on a boat.
  • Each PFD will only be used once; when a guest takes it off, it will be sprayed on both sides with disinfectant and left in the sun to dry until it is put away at the end of the day.  
  • Only one group will be allowed on the dock at a time.  If other members of the public are using the dock, guests will need to enter and exit the boats from the shore. 
  • For each group going out in a boat, Rocking the Boat will collect a name and phone number should there be any need to do contract tracing. 

free community rowing is generously sponsored by:

Con Edison

kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892