By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jul 22, 2020 at 10:10 AM

The Urban Ecology Center (UEC) announced that members are now welcome to borrow canoes, kayaks and bikes via curbside pickup procedures free of charge.

Equipment lending had been on hold due to COVID-19 but is now available via this new system. The organization says the recreational equipment is sanitized between each use and is requested through reservation only.

"Our mission is to connect people in cities to nature and each other. Making recreational equipment available for people to have their own adventures in urban nature is one of the way we normally do that and with some sanitizing and scheduling measures in place, we are confident that it can safely be done now," says Jeff McAvoy, UEC Director of Marketing & Communications.

A family membership is $60 a year and includes for two adults, all children or grandchildren under 18 in a household and one guest. An individual membership is $50 a year which includes the individual member plus one guest.

Find out more about membership here.

There are three UEC branches in Milwaukee: Riverside Park, Washington Park and Menomonee Valley.

"Being outside in nature is beneficial, especially during the pandemic, and kayaking, canoeing and biking add to the options for ways to enjoy being outdoors," says McAvoy.
Click here for more info about borrowing equipment for the UEC here

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.