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Boaters and residents will soon be able to store kayaks and paddleboards at a new park in Avalon

AVALON — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Jan. 6 at Avalon’s Knabe Park, otherwise known as the Cabrillo Mole Recreation Revitalization Project, to break in the city’s newest recreation destination.

Boaters who want to free up space on their vessel will be able to store their personal kayak or standup paddleboard at this park on Catalina Island.

By April, a program is expected to be in place to store kayaks and paddleboards for a fee, according to Community Service Director Dan Huncke. The amount of fee has not been determined yet.

“A kayak storage rack was put into place back at South Beach. It has room for up to 12 kayaks,” Huncke said.

Two additional racks will be added to store standup paddleboards with each rack having the capacity to hold 12 paddleboards.

“Knabe Park also features a new play structure for children, renovations to the basketball and volleyball courts and the addition of two swings in the adjacent area,” Huncke stated. “We will also be improving the barbeque amenities in the Mole area by replacing the barbeque pits and having the picnic tables put on concrete pads. This area should be completed by the end of January or early February.”

Recently retired Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe was instrumental in this Cabrillo Mole Recreation Revitalization Project as well as other developments on Catalina Island. Knabe helped secure $300,000 in funds for this particular improvement plan.

(City of Avalon photo)

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Avalon Harbor December 2016 Activity Report

People aboard boats…… 1024

Vessels Moored…………… 256

Vessels Anchored……….. 5

Moorings Sold/Transferred: 2

Total Cruise Ship Passengers: 23,329