Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Public Comment Sought for Temple University Proposed Boathouse along Schuylkill River

The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission (PaRC) is inviting public input on a proposal by Temple University to build a new 23,000 square foot boathouse on the east bank of the Schuylkill River immediately adjacent to the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.

Temple University is seeking a permanent home for its rowing teams along Kelly Drive. The University currently uses temporary tent structures located across the parking lot from the site of the proposed permanent boathouse. Temple University utilized the East Park Canoe House until 2008 when it was closed. The Canoe House is now awaiting the start of extensive renovations

In compliance with the Open Lands Protection Ordinance, (Bill NO. 110002-A, signed by Mayor Michael Nutter on April 27, 2011) PaRC is conducting a review of the boathouse proposal submitted by Temple University, (called an Alternatives Analysis) including ample opportunity for the public to comment. Following review and public comment, the Commission will render a determination on the proposed land transfer.  The ordinance states “City Council and all other City officials shall give substantial weight to the Commission’s determination.” The Alternatives Analysis can be read here.  The Analysis includes a detailed analysis of the impact on the environment and transportation by Pennoni Associates.

The public is invited to send comments and/or submit testimony at the Commission's January 16th meeting at Lloyd Hall (6pm).  Please send comments to the Commission via email at:

Written comments may also be submitted to this address:
Parks and Recreation Commission
Attn: Temple University boathouse
10th floor
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Todd said...

While there are a lot of factors to consider, the removal of the confusing and low visibility parking lot entrance at the site of the proposed building sounds like a win for all park and road users.