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New boathouse is ‘win for everyone involved’

Andy Ouriel • Sep 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Sandusky Bay Rowing Association members undoubtedly enjoy the water.

But this local batch of rhythmic rowers surely love the club’s newest land addition as well.

Construction recently wrapped up on the boating club’s new 80-by-24 foot blue pole barn on River Avenue by Pipe Creek.

Pipe Creek clean-up set for Saturday

The $32,000 structure, funded through private donations, can store several row boats, oars, a rowing machine and various tools.

“It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a storage facility for our boats that we desperately needed,” club treasurer Alex Etchill said. “It’s also a place where we can meet before we row. It’s a place we can call home.”

A boathouse resulted from a 7-0 July vote by Sandusky city commissioners allowing club members to lease space.

The one-year agreement, good through July 2014, requires members to pay $1 annually for space. Construction started shortly after both sides struck a deal.

Want to go?

• WHAT: Boathouse dedication ceremony hosted by Sandusky Bay Rowing Association members.

• WHERE: On River Avenue by Pipe Creek

• WHEN: 1 p.m. Sept. 22

• CONTACT: Email juliel1016@aol.com   or call 419-271-5199 to RSVP.

Local officials provided space to help revitalize a dilapidated, often neglected area.

“This venture is going to bring more people in the area to help make that area clean,” city commissioner Keith Grohe said. “They’ll have some ownership in the area, and it’s a win for everyone involved.”

The rowing association, ballooning to 50 members since debuting in 2011, previously used East Sandusky Bay MetroPark — off Cleveland Road, near Griffing-Sandusky Airport — as a launching point.

But the area presented problems, such as members storing boats in an older, flat shed where rotting could occur.

Members seemed excited just thinking about what they’ll likely do in the boathouse.

“Now we can work on the boats in the winter, fixing and repairing them,” club vice president Kasie Spence said. “We can now keep our equipment in a safe, secure facility.”

In the near future, members also want to:

• Install electricity and plumbing at the boathouse.

• Build a dock so members can more easily launch their row boats into the water.

• Invite local high school students to participate in practice sessions.

“It’s a great sport,” Etchill said.

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