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Letter from CRF’s Board Chair 7/23/2014

Hello, Readers.

There are a lot of exciting things happening in and around the Rivergate Boathouse.  The Metroparks’ new restaurant, Merwin’s Wharf, is officially open for business.  With a “funky chic” look and fabulous view of the river, it holds promise as a great place for, among other things, post-rowing libations.  CRF extends a special thanks to the Metroparks, Brian Zimmerman and the countless other individuals and organizations who helped bring this project to fruition.

Also exciting is the new City of Cleveland Crooked River Skate Park that is now under construction at Rivergate Park.  In addition to a bowl and other park features, the new skate park will include a public art component by Dru McKeown, AIA, of TOIstudio.  Dru will be creating a shade structure reminiscent of shipping containers seen along the riverfront.

The official opening of the Scranton Flats/Towpath Trail took place on Monday, July 7th. The $9-million public improvement project includes a new park and the first publicly-funded section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the City of Cleveland.  Today, the trail begins at the Lower Harvard Road Trailhead and travels north through Steelyard Commons and Tremont connecting to Scranton Flats, with plans to extend to the future Canal Basin Park site.  Rowers are already aware of an increase in visitors in and around the Rivergate Boathouse because of these exciting developments.

Inside the boathouse, we are working on several projects designed to enhance our rowers’ experience.  The ergometer room is getting a much needed facelift.  In addition, a temporary boat storage shed has been ordered and will house mostly single shells.  Together these two projects are being undertaken so that a shower/restroom facility can be built in the area that now houses singles.  There will be improvements to the parking area and grounds once construction for the skate park and single storage has been completed.  Security cameras have been delivered and will be installed within the next few weeks.

From a program perspective, our Member Organizations have been busy on the Cuyahoga and away at various regattas.  Although the CRF site boasts some of the successes, please also check out the web sites of our various active Member Organizations:  Cleveland Youth Rowing Association, St. Ignatius High School, St. Joseph’s Academy, Shaker Heights High School, Case, Cleveland State, and Western Reserve Rowing.

Thank you for your interest in Cleveland Rowing Foundation.  We hope to see you in and around the Rivergate Boathouse!


Patricia Poole

Board Chair

Cleveland Rowing Foundation Members