Arlington Boathouse Plans Advance

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Rendering of the planned boathouse. Courtesy Arlington Boathouse Foundation.

Plans seem be moving forward for a boathouse in Arlington, Virginia. The boathouse — to be built at the base of Rosslyn, a little south of Key Bridge and near Roosevelt Island — will provide greater non-motorized access to the public waterfront near Arlington County and will alleviate pressure on other area boathouses.

This will be Arlington’s first construction along the Potomac River, not without reason. When the District of Columbia was created, Maryland and D.C. were given ownership over the Potomac shoreline; Virginia was not. Thus, Arlington’s government must work with the National Park Service to construct a boathouse. Questions remain regarding funding for the project and if the boathouse will solely serve local rowing teams or if it will also offer kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals.

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