NEW HAVEN BREAKS GROUND ON THE BOATHOUSE AT CANAL DOCK
(9/16/2013) Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro were joined by officials from the Federal Highway Administration and the State of Connecticut’s Departments of Transportation and Economic and Community Development to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new community boathouse, the Boathouse at Canal Dock.
The construction of the Boathouse at Canal Dock will be completely funded by the federal and state government as mitigation for the loss of a historic structure, the Adee boathouse, which was built 1914 and demolished 2009 to allow for the construction of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.
“Of the many improvements that we’ve made in New Haven, this latest one holds special significance. 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,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “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,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
The Boathouse at Canal Dock will be used for public access to the waterfront, for boating access and to tell the story of New Haven’s natural and cultural environment, of the Harbor, and for recreational programs. It will provide a central facility in New Haven for water recreation including youth rowing programs, public boating programs, and marine education programs and exhibits.
Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT 3rd District, noted, “The new Canal Dock Boathouse has been a long time coming and it is great to see work begin. It reflects the history and design of the original Adee boathouse, respects the waterfront and benefits the entire community. I am so proud to see this project taking shape; it will strengthen our city and bond us together for decades to come.”
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