Formerly called Yonkers Free Community Paddling, The River Riders program was founded by Gerry Blackstone in 2003 at the Clearwater festival to introduce new people to the sport of kayaking. In 2006, Gerry requested that YPRC supported his visions, suggesting that they provided Hudson River access to the public and to boats for the local youths to cross the river and enjoy Alpine State Park. That year, the City of Yonkers provided storage for YPRC to operate at JFK Marina. In 2016 the program name changed to River Riders by Gerry Blackstone, Chevaughn Dixon & Phil Giller to create an on-water classroom for young people to develop kayak skills & safety and become environmental stewards. The program introduced formal kayaking and SUP tours and instructions three days every week from June to September. Furthermore, in 2017 with the support from our YPRC Board a youth membership motion was passed for students and junior members of our community to join the organization at an affordable fee.