:: Event Site kiteboarding access extended

June 23, 2011

Contact:        Michael McElwee, Executive Director

Port of Hood River

(541) 386-1645

Kiteboard launching and landing will be allowed to continue at the Hood River Event Site until July 31, 2011. The Port of Hood River Port Commission took the action at a June 21 meeting because high water conditions in the Columbia River are expected to continue through the next month, severely limiting kiteboard access points.

Kiteboarding will be allowed in a “kiteboard box” designated by painted lines on the lawn at the east end of the Event Site. Other Event Site users are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and stay clear of this area at all times.

“This temporary action responds to pervasive high water conditions and the pressing need for an accessible launch site for kiteboarders,” said Port Executive Director Michael McElwee. “Users of the Event Site should be extra careful to observe signage and stay clear of the ‘box’ when kiteboarding activities are underway. The safety of all users is the paramount concern of the Port as we enter the more congested summer months,” he added.

Use of the Event Site for kiteboarding may be discontinued prior to July 31 if water levels retreat and the Sandbar emerges.

Kiteboarding launching access at Marina Swim Beach is scheduled to end Thursday, June 30.

For the latest information during July, please visit www.portofhoodriver.com for updates.

For more information, call the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645.