The Hudson 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 Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club (YPRC) support his visions, suggesting that they provide Hudson River access to the public and kayaks 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 Hudson River Rider adopted a new mission which is to create a classroom on the water for underprivileged youth to develop paddling skills & safety and become the next generation of environmental stewards. The program offers free kayaking & paddle boarding tours, kayak race training, and environmental awareness Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays from June to September.