Kayaks available to rent at Lake Tye, paddleboards to come

Thanks to local business owners Jerry "Big DogGÇ¥ Dixon and Sam Wirsching, families can now beat the heat by renting kayaks at Lake Tye Park in Monroe.
The kayak rentals were approved by the Monroe City Council on Tuesday, June 23, and are available at the Lake Tye concession stand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Dixon and Wirsching recently purchased the kayaks and decided to establish the rental program as a way to promote Lake Tye and provide the community with a new family-friendly activity.
"So far the community response has been awesome and we are seeing a lot of rentals each day,GÇ¥ Dixon said. "Sam and I are just trying to create more community activity at our awesome park.GÇ¥
The two partnered with the Monroe Fire Department and Safe Kids of Snohomish County to provide free life-jackets, which are also available at the concession stand.
The introductory price of $10 per hour will stay in effect for the first week or two of rentals, as Dixon and Wirsching work to iron out the specifics of a permanent pricing structure.
"We are trying to define pricing for our community that makes it affordable and fun for all,GÇ¥ Dixon said.
Additionally, through a collaboration with the Monroe YMCA, Dixon will soon offer paddleboards in addition to the kayaks. Similar in shape to a kayak, paddleboard users typically paddle in a standing position. The paddleboard rental fee will be $20 per hour, and the boards will be available at the concession stand.
A total of four kayaks are currently available and as of mid-July there will be five paddleboards.
Concession stand operations were awarded to Dixon earlier this year after a request for proposal process that extended from December of 2014 through March of 2015. The concessionaire's agreement is renewed annually, concluding on the last day of the year.


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