Getting really close now…
January 27, 2017: New photo gallery of boathouse construction
Click the links below to read recent press the project has received. Canal Dock is hopeful for getting the keys in late 2017, with on-water programs beginning spring of 2018. You can also visit the CDBi Facebook Page for more regular updates on rowing and other activities.
Canal Dock Timeline of Previous Milestones continues below…
September 1, 2015:
Today marks the beginning of CDBi’s first membership year. Contact us for membership info if you have rowing experience or want to learn to row for the first time.
April 29, 2015:
Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (CDBI) will participate in two events this weekend.
First, on Saturday, May 2nd, the Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold its final Open House of the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program. CDBI will share a table with architects Gregg, Wies & Gardner LLC, and promote both the Canal Dock Boathouse and our forthcoming on-water programs.
ConnDOT Open House Date: Saturday, May 2nd Location: 424 Chapel Street, New Haven Time: 10AM to 2PM
Event details: http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?A=1373&Q=564146
Second, on Sunday, May 3rd, CDBI will continue to promote its programs at the 6th Annual Quinnipiac Riverfest, an annual celebration of the Quinnipiac River and the historic Fair Haven Waterfront, presented by the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association. CDBI will share a tent and tables with the rowing shell manufacturer, Vespoli, of New Haven.
6th Annual Quinnipiac Riverfest Date: Sunday, May 3rd Location: Quinnipiac River Marina, 309 Front St., New Haven Time: 11AM to 4PM
Event details: http://quinnipiacriverfest.com
June 7, 2014:
“For over five decades—since the construction of Interstate 95 along New Haven’s harbor—our city has been cut off from one of its greatest natural resources, the New Haven Harbor. The construction of the Boathouse at Canal Dock takes steps to remedy that and will provide residents and visitors to New Haven the opportunity to enjoy the harbor and water recreation.” – Former Mayor John DeStefano Jr.
Construction is underway! After more than a decade of thoughtful planning by the City Plan Department of New Haven, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, the Canal Dock Boathouse could become reality by summer of 2017.
February 25, 2014:
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Activities update since the November Forum…
On December 9th a Safety Committee gathered at the Coffee Pedaler in New Haven. Sean Hundtofte volunteered to lead the effort to assemble a CDBI Safety Manual. Updating the manual will be necessary as operations get underway and expand, but it was submitted to USRowing in early January to comply with organizational membership requirements. USRowing membership affords access to discounted general liability insurance.
On December 17th a CDBI Sailing Committee gathered in a conference room in the new Yale SOM building, aka Evans Hall, arranged by our Yale Board Fellow, Sam Haddaway. The following notes were distributed afterwards:
- Introductions – lot’s of sailing experience of all kinds
- Marna Wilber – suggested we consider small, but effective, high-quality adult programs at first, especially since Schooner is working to revitalize its youth programs
- Tom Merritt – requested grant information linked to inner city sailing programs
- Rob Bjornson – suggested that up to date depth charts would be helpful (I will research and send electronically if possible)
Indoor Rowing Programs at James Hillhouse High School (HH) and Metropolitan Business Academy (MBA) are back in action after the holiday break. HH students meet twice per week after school Tuesday and Thursday, and MBA students meet Tuesday & Friday. The coaches are working to build enthusiasm and commitment for the upcoming spring rowing season, with the hope that we’ll get kids on the water before the end of the 2015 school year.
CDBI is working on a partnership agreement that will hopefully be in place by April 1st such that on-water rowing operations could begin as soon as boat storage and docks are in place, and rowing shells are acquired.
The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven has recently committed $3500 in grant funding to help launch CDBI’s on-water junior rowing program. This grant, combined with several thousand dollars from the $25,000 Newman’s Own Grant we received in 2014, and hopefully additional funding from other outstanding grants, should enable the spring revival of rowing via the agreement mentioned above.
Lease negotiations continue with the City of New Haven. The cooperative spirit of the meetings is excellent, and we hope to wind-up by the middle of March. We’re looking forward to a great partnership for the purpose of bringing affordable boating and waterfront education opportunities to the New Haven community.
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