The city of Denison will soon be able to offer paddle boards and kayaks for rent at Waterloo Lake. The Denison City Council unanimously approved a contract with K & K Paddle Company to allow the company to offer rental services at the regional park.


“Citizens have been asking for this for some time and it really just goes to enhance the outdoor recreational opportunities in Denison,” City Manager Jud Rex said.


The contract was included on the council’s consent agenda, which represents routine items that are acted upon with one motion. As such, the contract was not individually discussed by the council.


Rex said the rentals would likely start in July and operate three days a week, Friday through Sunday, during what are typically the busiest times for the lake and park. Under current plans, Rex said the rentals are expected to cost between $20 and $30 an hour.


Currently, watercraft are allowed on the lake, but by adding rentals, it allows more access to residents at a lower cost, city officials said in Monday’s meeting documents.


Rex said the deal was beneficial to the city as it allowed it to expand its services without incurring the large start up cost that would come with providing these services internally. Rex noted Denison previously offered rental of kayaks and canoes at Waterloo, but it has been some time since this took place.


“There is a lot more interest right now, especially with paddle boarding,” Rex said. “That is a hot sport right now.”


Under the contract, K&K Paddle will pay the city a monthly rate of 10 percent of its rental sales. The contract is for one year, and allows for three one-year extensions. Current plans for the service call for six paddle boards and four kayaks to be available, but this could be expanded if there is enough interest, Rex said.