PJ’s Paddlesports opening at Lake Park

| May 13, 2020

James Rose will open PJ’s Paddlesports on May 23 at Lake Park. The new business offers pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes for renters to use on the middle basin at the park. (Josie Sellers)

PJ’s Paddlesports will give visitors to Lake Park a new way to enjoy the water.

Pedal boats, kayaks and canoes will be available to rent starting Saturday, May 23. Cost is $7 per person for a half hour or $10 per person for an hour.

“This is something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of years,” said owner James Rose. “I had been working as a full-time substitute teacher at River View until the pandemic and now I had the time to work on it. I had a passion to create a business where people could do something they enjoy for a decent price.”

PJ’s Paddlesports is located right on the water by the Lake Park Pavilion for customers to enjoy the middle basin at the park. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“I enjoy being out on the water,” Rose said. “I think its relaxing and a way to enjoy nature and get some exercise too.”

Adults who rent from his business will be required to have a life jacket with them and minors must wear one. Cost includes the rental, life jacket and a souvenir whistle, which can be used to single for help if necessary. The shop also will have snacks and drinks available for purchase.

“We will have candy, chips and drinks for people to get while they wait to take a boat out or for anyone who just wants to stop in,” Rose said.

Rose hopes the business takes off this year and he can expand his services and staff in the future.

“My idea is that we can expand to doing river trips,” he said.

For more information, visit the PJ’s Paddlesports Facebook page or call Rose at 740-610-7922.

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