3:30 am
Sun August 4, 2013

EZ-Launch Boating System To Be Installed At Point State Park

Kayakers and canoeists with disabilities soon will have better access to Pittsburgh’s rivers.

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation will be installing an “EZ Launch” system at the Point along with ADA-compliant restrooms and an accessible route to Pittsburgh’s downtown.

The launching area includes rollers that smoothly move boats in and out of the water, along with a transfer bench for wheelchair users. The dock will provide disabled boaters with a safe place to move from wheelchair, to bench, to boat and vice versa.

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8:16 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

A Thousand Mile River Voyage in a 51 Year Old Canoe

In the coming weeks, the Ohio River will serve as bath tub and laundry machine as R. Ian Davis and his Brittany Spaniel, Gracie, paddle the 1,000 mile length of the Ohio River, from Pittsburgh, PA to Cairo, IL
Credit Point to Cairo / Facebook

Ian Davis of Green Tree is embarking Saturday on a 1,000 mile journey from Point State Park to Cairo, Illinois in an old wooden and canvas-covered canoe. He hopes to complete the trip by August as he raises awareness and funds for his nonprofit company that teaches children to become "world class communicators." He recently spoke with WESA reporter Jessica Nath about his plans and the back story of how he acquired the canoe.

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2:06 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Green Tree Man to Embark on 1,000-Mile Canoe Trip

Green Tree resident Ian Davis will soon embark on a 1,000-mile adventure in remembrance of the canoe's former owner, David Burt.
Credit Photo courtesy of Ian Davis

When David Burt bought his canoe in 1964, he thought that he would be the one paddling it on long-distance journeys.

But his life was cut short in 1966, and now the current owner of the canoe is embarking on a 1,000-mile adventure in remembrance of David.

Ian Davis, 52, of Green Tree will begin his journey in Point State Park with the hope of finishing this August in Cairo, Illinois with his 51-year-old canoe intact.

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