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Sept. 14, 2010

Hundreds celebrate partnership for new rowing boathouse at King County’s Marymoor Park

Marymoor boathouse celebrationKing County is helping to create a fantastic new community amenity at minimal taxpayer expense. Through its Community Partnerships and Grants Program, King County Parks has partnered with the Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA) to build a new boathouse along the Sammamish River in Marymoor Park.

More than 300 people came to Marymoor Park on Sept. 12 to celebrate the start of boathouse construction. The group heard from several speakers, including King County Executive Dow Constantine, who praised the County-SRA partnership as a model in cooperation that produces a public benefit.

“It’s not just a good idea to stretch our limited budget dollars as far as possible these days – it’s an imperative,” Executive Constantine said. “With a committed partner like the Sammamish Rowing Association, we can really make our resources go a long way.”

King County provided SRA with a $540,000 grant through its Community Partnerships and Grants Program for the $3 million project. SRA has to date raised $700,000, and is actively working on raising the remaining $1.7 million.

With a more modern home replacing their old ramshackle building, SRA will be able to continue its rowing program for a wide variety of skill levels and age groups, including its popular youth programs, which draws participants from more than 50 schools in the region.

“The support we’ve received from King County and the City of Redmond has allowed us to take the final step in building a permanent facility for community rowing on the Eastside,” said Marcy Chartier, executive director of the Sammamish Rowing Association.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with King County Parks to provide a wonderful amenity for the hundreds of youth and adults we introduce to rowing each year,” she said.

The project has an extensive habitat restoration component, including restoring wetlands and replanting trees, shrubs and other vegetation at a ratio of nine new plantings for every one tree removed. SRA worked with the City of Redmond on securing the necessary building permits.

Boathouse construction should be completed in one year. For more details, visit To contribute to the SRA project, or for more information, e-mail, or call 425-653-2583.

Constantine noted that the County’s Community Partnerships and Grants Program relies on the passion and commitment of King County citizens to be successful.

“King County has provided $12 million in grant funding to support our CPG partners over the past seven years, and those partners will create more than $64 million in new public recreation facilities to directly serve more than 80,000 users,” he said. “This is a program that works in large part because of our partners’ dedication.”

For details about King County’s King County’s Community Partnerships and Grants Program, visit

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