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Study would focus on Aqueduct property

Friends of Niskayuna Rowing seeks new boathouse with community facilities

Niskayuna Rowing members are shown competing at the 2012 New York State Scholastic Rowing Association Section 2 Regatta in May. The club and town are pursuing a grant to study the feasibility of a new boathouse and public use building.

Niskayuna Rowing members are shown competing at the 2012 New York State Scholastic Rowing Association Section 2 Regatta in May. The club and town are pursuing a grant to study the feasibility of a new boathouse and public use building. Submitted photo

— “There are no public bathrooms in Aqueduct Park and it is a heavily used park for kayakers, canoers and the rowing clubs,” Marine said. “By building a building that includes public meeting space, that is a clear benefit to the folks in the town.”

He said there are around 140 rowers active during each of the three seasons and the club operates from a single bay at its boathouse. The club is looking to have more boat storage and rower development to help grow the program.

“We are way out of space,” Marine said. “We need to build a boathouse either way.”

FNR is planning to fund the vast majority of the project through fundraising efforts and securing additional grants.

Landry said the group brought the DEC grant to his attention and wanted the town to pursue it to help secure state funding. Landry said the study wouldn’t include a full design, but will lay the groundwork for the facility.

“We can then use this document to proceed further and try to get other funding for the boathouse,” Landry said. “This is the first step in heading toward putting a boathouse in Aqueduct Park.”

Landry said the grant submission date is Friday, July 20, so the town and club would work together quickly to complete the grant application.

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