HOBART | Plans to bring more recreational opportunities to Lake George also could increase the business traffic in Hobart’s downtown.
The owners of Lake County Divers Supply told the city’s Park Board they want to offer kayak and paddle board rentals on Lake George.
John Karas, of Lake County Divers Supply, said safety is a top priority.
“We have a stellar background,” Karas said of the business that’s been in Hobart for about 30 years.
Lake County Divers Supply would invest $25,000 to $30,000 in the project. State-of-the-art equipment would be purchased, Karas said
In addition to using Lake George “to its fullest,” the project sets out to attract more visitors to the downtown.
“We’re definitely going to bring people into the community,” Karas said.
Those renting kayaks and paddle boards would receive laminated maps showing areas of interest in the city.
Although Lake County Divers Supply would operate the rental program, a partnership with the city is needed because the rentals would occur on park property.
The Park Board directed Parks Superintendent John Mitchell to work with Lake County Divers Supply on an agreement for the project. Mitchell said the city has been seeking a vendor to offer the services Lake County Divers Supply has proposed.
“I think it’s gonna work great,” Mitchell said of a partnership with the business.
Mitchell hopes the project could get started as soon as possible.
Karas said the rentals would be offered from 10 a.m. to dusk daily, unless there is inclement weather or if the city is using the lake for an event.
City Councilman John Brezik said Lake County Divers Supply is “offering a unique opportunity,” and the partnership wouldn’t require a major investment from the city.
“I think this is absolutely needed,” Brezik said.
Councilman Pete Mendez agreed, saying he has taken his grandchildren outside of the city to participate in activities Lake County Divers Supply is proposing for Hobart.