This is an important email on a timely issue. (I’ve included much borrowed material below from Nick of Rose City RC).
As you may know, the Portland Boathouse is in the process of finding a new home. One of the sites we are investigating is on the OMSI campus, right on the river at the top of our current dock ramp. It would be a wonderful location. The City of Portland is considering developing a park just to the north of where our new building would be- more or less in the gravel lot overlooking our dock. The park would be called the Crescent Park and the City is considering a couple of different proposals for how the park would be configured.
That’s where we come in. On Wednesday, June 7 (this Wednesday!) the City Council and the Mayor will hold a session to review and discuss the proposed park plans. The meeting will be at City Hall at 2pm. We’d like to have as many Portland Boathouse folks in attendance to show support and possibly even testify on behalf of the Boathouse and our rowing/paddling community. We’d like the city officials hear – loud and clear – how critical it is that there be a launch point at that location on the river for light watercraft!
We are inviting everyone who can make the time to attend. We will have Portland Boathouse tee shirts and stickers to give out so it is very clear which group our supporters represent. People who wish to testify are encouraged to do so- but get there early, because there will be a lot of interest groups vying for some time to speak. We have been told the sign-up sheet for testimony will be put out at 1pm. We’d just like folks to express why they think the Portland Boathouse and Station L are valuable organizations. People can speak about personal experiences or observations. Anything that conveys that our institution is something worth investing in.
As you can imagine, creating a new river center for boaters right in the heart of the City is a big undertaking. We’re going to have to convince a lot of people that we are a valuable service for the city. This is a great opportunity to go before our city’s leaders and educate them on what we do and why we matter. I sincerely hope we can pack the room and make our voice heard on Wednesday.
Join us as we christen a bunch of boats, Saturday June 3, 9:30am at the boathouse. Bring a snack to share!
We have had some reports that more than a few people are confused about the Sculling Day and the Picnic Row.
Sculling Day is Sunday June 4th, and while people may be picnicking, it’s not the Picnic Row.
Sculling Day is held at Vancouver Lake, and is a chance for people to try out a 1x in calm conditions (try some flip recoveries!), as well as a chance to practice on the buoyed course.
The Picnic Row this year will be on Sunday, August 27th. In the Picnic Row we row upriver to George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, and have a brunch picnic.
Sorry for the confusion! As always, sign up for all 2017 events here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Yf0ub1OdTuoA4E81SI0f_cQ3rzYcz-XxsMgY4DZNGQ8/edit
Busy times at the boathouse. Read on for several important announcements about schedules and events over the next two weekends.
Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday and Sunday Open Rows–normal schedule.
Monday Memorial Day–special 7am Open Row, for both sweep and scull. Note, parking will be restricted because it is a Monday. No 5am sculling, no evening open row, no Learn to Row classes.
Saturday June 3
–Scrimmage with WRC and Lake O at regular open row time.
–9:30am Boat Christening–all are invited. We’ve got some new boats to celebrate!
–10:00am National Learn to Row Day. A free introduction to rowing class. Suggest it to a friend or family member. No sign up needed.
Sunday June 4
Sculling picnic at Vancouver Lake. Sign ups still open on our regatta sign up page.
Miscellaneous items–If you donated to the club through PGE’s Empolyee Giving or through YourCause/Standard Insurance Co, please let Peter or Donna know, so we can track this donation.
We need a second LTR cox Level 2 – T/Th/Sat, starting 5/23. The sign up link is below:
We had a little sign up error so we have seven spaces available to cox Level 1 Tue-Thurs starting next week on 5/23 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Below is the link to sign up:
Thanks for your help with this.
One spot to fill for Learn to Row May 30th, 6:00-8:00. The link to sign up is below:
It’s like we’ve been transported from icky winter to early summer in just a few days. . . Lots going on right now, so read carefully.
Cascadia Masters Regatta, July 15-16 in Vancouver BC. Scull emphasis, but also sweep events. Sign up deadline is May 15–early this year because registration opens early. On our sign up page
Future Regattas–Row for the Cure, Vancouver Lake, July 29. Green Lake Summer Regatta, Seattle, August 5. Sign ups will be in early June.
Sculling Picnic, Vancouver Lake, WA. Sunday June 4. 7am-2pm. Scull. Eat. Practice flip tests. Repeat. Sign up here
Local Scrimmage at Vancouver Lake, Saturday June 3. 7am-noon This plan will be confirmed later in the week–a chance for us to practice on the Vancouver Lake course against other local clubs. Sign up to come. Save the date!
June 3–National Learn to Row Day. We offer a free Learn to Row class on June 3 from 10-noon at the boathouse. Invite your friends and family so they can see what all the fuss is about. No sign up required.
•Be sure to get signed up for our largest regatta of the year–Regionals at Vancouver Lake June 23-25. Deadline for signing up is Sunday. Read about the details here. Use our regatta sign up page
•Good luck to our crews at Opening Day this Saturday. Men’s 50+ 8+ and Women’s 40+ 8+. Race time is 10:30. Look for results here . Plus Facebook posts from the race site. Saturday and Sunday club rowing schedule is normal.
•Our first 2017 batch of Level 2 Learn to Row class members have graduated! Some will be joining us this Saturday at 7am. Please welcome them!