NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – 25,000 people were expected to attend the 5th Annual City of Water Day Festival throughout Saturday, according to spokesperson Roland Lewis.

The festival — which started at 10 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m. — was primarily held on Governors Island and Jersey City’s Liberty State Park.

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WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

“We are going to have 6,000 free boat rides on all sorts of vessels,” Lewis told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall prior to the event. “We will be doing all sorts of water activity. There’s going to be educational things for the kids — touch tanks, oyster cultivation, they can see live animals…”

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Lewis believes that we don’t use our waterways enough.

“We’ve had a long history of ignoring our waterways,” Lewis explained. “This is the place where commerce happened, where industry happened, where we put our highways and railroads. Only recently have we started to reclaim it, but to put parks there.”

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Do you agree with Lewis that the waterways in our area aren’t used enough? Let us know in the comments section below…