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The park was envisioned in 1996 by several local kayaking enthusiasts. Their goal was to turn Erie Canal spillway at Lock 32 into a white water playground. After four years of hard work, the course opened in 2000. We have been teaching whitewater kayaking ever since! Genesee Waterway Center’s Lock 32 White Water Park provides a controlled environment in which students can learn while still being a challenging place for experienced paddlers to practice. The course features a set of squirt lines, two wave and two holes—and most importantly, a constant source of water every day! Paddlers take advantage of this park’s predictable water flow to learn new moves and tricks, practice their skills, or just to get out and have some fun with friends on a summer evening. No one under the age of 14 is allowed to use the park unless enrolled in a class or accompanied by an adult. All participants paddling at the whitewater course must have taken a class at the Whitewater Park or must be able to demonstrate a roll or wet exit. OPERATION OF LOCK 32 WHITEWATER PARK IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. WE MAY BE CLOSED ON DAYS WITH THUNDER STORMS, HEAVY RAIN OR BECAUSE THE CANAL CORPORATION NEEDS TO HOLD WATER BACK TO AVOID FLOODING DOWNSTREAM.