February 18, 1990 |
Showing more than a little sportsmanship, officials in Upper Merion Township said they might give the school district the title to a boathouse in the township. If the township and the school board come to an agreement, Upper Merion would be one of the only school districts in the area to own its own boathouse. The district has been leasing the boathouse from the township for its crew team. It also sublets the boathouse to other rowing clubs. The offer, which came as a surprise to school board members, was made at the annual joint meeting of the township Board of Supervisors and the school board Thursday night.
December 4, 2003 |
I am outraged at the $4.6 million being allocated for a boathouse and rowing center on the north bank of the Cooper River in Pennsauken, across from my neighborhood. I don't understand why our tax dollars ($1 million from Camden County), plus the money we spend for tolls on the bridges (a $1 million grant from the Delaware River Port Authority and a $1 million authority loan) and $1.6 million from the state Green Acres program, are being used to build a boathouse. How can the freeholders use our tax dollars primarily for children of the wealthy?
December 9, 1990 |
Neglected for years, the ornate boathouse of the Glen Foerd estate was about to be restored to its original condition. Then, the night before the work was to begin, the boathouse went up in flames. That was on June 1, and the fire that left only the stone foundation turned an $80,000 restoration into a $125,000 rebuilding. The fire was ruled arson by city officials. No suspects or motives have been discovered. Bill Haas, director of the Glen Foerd estate, said that about $70,000 had been raised so far to build a replica of the original boathouse.
September 22, 1986 |
The members of the Upper Merion school board have had their first look at the blueprints for the renovation of the old boathouse property along the Schuylkill in the township. At an informal work session Wednesday, Phillip Mowry, director of operational services for the school district, presented the plans to the board. "You are looking at the actual working blueprints," he told board members. The boathouse, which is a one-story shell, has been headquarters for the Upper Merion High School crew team for more than seven years.
January 16, 2013
By Nancy Goldenberg A new process for reviewing the use of park and recreational land in Philadelphia is about to be tested. Thanks to a change in city law, members of the public will play a leading role tonight when the Parks and Recreation Commission reviews a proposal by Temple University to build a new boathouse on Kelly Drive. As The Inquirer reported last month, Temple officials hope to build a 23,000-square-foot boathouse on a parcel of parkland in the shadow of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, on the eastern bank of the Schuylkill.
November 29, 1987 |
The Upper Merion Area School District dedicated its boathouse on the Schuylkill on Nov. 21. The boathouse, renovated by students in the Central Montgomery County Area Vocational-Technical School, is the home of the Upper Merion Area High School crew team. The school district leases space to the Lower Merion School District and will be leasing space to others. The boathouse, originally owned by Jack Trinsey, had fallen into disrepair and Upper Merion Township condemned it. The district agreed to renovate it and holds a 99-year lease from the township.
May 3, 2013 |
Temple University has withdrawn its proposal to build a new boathouse along the Schuylkill after concerns were raised that the university was not providing replacement parkland as required by a city ordinance. Kenneth Lawrence Jr., a senior vice president at Temple, wrote in a letter Tuesday to Nancy Goldenberg, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, that the university was "not in a position to make a commitment" without further study of its options. At a January hearing, Temple was criticized for proposing to give the city $1.5 million to repair the East Park Canoe House, the university's former rowing home, instead of offering substitute green space for the now-withdrawn boathouse site near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.
June 8, 1995 |
The Philadelphia Art Commission gave its blessing yesterday to a new boathouse on the Schuylkill, climaxing a six-year effort by St. Joseph's University and St. Joseph's Preparatory School to gain approval for the facility. Construction of the $600,000 building, which will be located south of the East Park canoe house, should begin later this year, and the building could be open for use by next summer. The Fairmount Park Commission approved the design last week, leaving the art commission as the last regulatory hurdle.
December 21, 1986 |
The Upper Merion school board awarded new contracts this week for the installation of an elevator at the high school and the restoration of the school district's boathouse. The elevator project was awarded to Walter Brucker of New Britain for $106,962. Plans call for the elevator to be installed between the first and second floors of the high school, with work scheduled to begin this year. Building materials for the boathouse will be purchased from March and Kneas Lumber of Norristown.
June 13, 1990 |
The wooden boathouse had clung to the riverbank since 1850, weathering the seasons atop a stone foundation that reached down into the slow, lapping water of the Delaware. At the turn of the century, the structure provided its owners and visitors a fancy coming-ashore at the 18-acre estate of Robert H. Foerderer, a U.S. congressman who owned a leather tanning plant just downriver. After a venture to Center City or points beyond, Foerderer and crew would anchor their yacht out in deeper water, then board a smaller craft that delivered them to a slip under the boathouse.