ARLnow reported earlier this week that the Arlington County board has given a go-ahead on a new boathouse to be built across the river from Georgetown. Last summer, National Park Service and the county published a proposal for the boathouse, advancing several different options. This latest action gives NPS the approval to move forward with the design stage.
The proposal is for a couple buildings, including a 14,000 square foot boathouse along the channel south of Roosevelt Island, just down the river from Key Bridge. It would also include a building with bathrooms.
As GM wrote last year:
If built this would provide much needed facilities for DC area rowers. And it would specifically benefit Arlington high school rowers especially. Currently Washington & Lee rowers row out of Potomac Boat Club (full disclosure: GM is a member of PBC), Wakefield High School rows out of the Anacostia Community Boathouse on the Anacostia River, and Yorktown High School uses Thompson Boat Center. Presumably all three high schools would relocate to the new boathouse.
One interesting thing about this location is that the channel is actually considered hazardous for rowers. Vegetation starts to block the way by late summer. And there is a fairly hefty boulder that sits just under the normal water line at the north end of the channel, which would be right where the new boathouse’s dock would be. Perhaps they can finally move the rock?
It will still be a while before the boathouse is built, though, if not simply because NPS is involved.