GU Renews Boathouse Hopes
April 26, 2013 - 3:00am
Now that the lawsuit involving Jack’s Boathouse, reopened on April 20 as “Key Bridge Boathouse,” has been dismissed, Georgetown is again considering feasible options for opening its own boathouse after 30 years of sporadically pursuing the project.
The legal battle for rights to the Jack’s Boathouse site between Paul Simkin, who assumed control of Jack’s Boathouse after the death of his business partner Frank Baxter in 2009, and the National Park Service delayed the release of a non-motorized boathouse zone feasibility study that could lead to a university-owned boathouse, according to NPS Associate Regional Director for Communications Jennifer Mummart.
With the conclusion of the lawsuit, the study was released April 19.
NPS is currently considering three potential scenarios for the Georgetown waterfront. The first scenario would leave the area undeveloped, the second calls for the construction of a non-motorized boathouse zone with room for several different rowing programs and the third scenario is a compromise between the two.
This non-motorized boathouse zone, designated in NPS’s 1987 Georgetown Waterfront Park Master Plan, would extend from 34th Street Northwest to approximately a quarter mile upriver from Key Bridge and encompass both public and private property.
According to NPS’ official study, research showed a high level of demand for boathouses in D.C., despite the existence of Thompson Boat Center near the Kennedy Center, which Georgetown a...Continue reading this article »