Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Big Walnut Creek in a new way, thanks to "Paddlin' in the Moonlight," a program offered by the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department.

Canoe and kayak enthusiasts can bask in the glow of July's full moon, known as the Buck Moon, beginning at 7:30 p.m. July 27. The trip, facilitated by parks and recreation certified-paddling instructors, will start at Woodside Green Park, 213 Camrose Court, and finish at Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave., with a bonfire and refreshments.

"The idea of doing a moonlight-paddling experience came about last year, as our recreation staff brain-stormed new program concepts we have not yet provided," said Patrick Monaghan, recreation supervisor. "This idea blossomed, and we began making plans to provide this unique experience within our community."

The trip is expected to last about 90 minutes and cover about 2.5 miles.

"'Paddlin' in the Moonlight' is a great opportunity to see the Big Walnut Creek from a whole new perspective," said Stephania Bernard-Ferrell, parks and recreation deputy director. "This summer, we are encouraging residents to get active and enjoy one of the many great natural resources that Gahanna has to offer."

The float is available to anyone age 18 and older, but space is limited. Some paddling experience is recommended.

Participants should park at the ending location at Friendship Park.

A shuttle will take participants to the launch location.

The cost is $20 per resident, $25 nonresidents.

All equipment will be provided, including lights.

Register online at https://tinyurl.com/y945ycvl.

Support from the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation is making this program possible.

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