Shortly after its founding in 1904, Washington Canoe Club members initiated construction of a boathouse on the Georgetown waterfront next to the Aqueduct Bridge (later replaced by the Key Bridge). That original boathouse structure, which has been added to and modified over the last 110 years, has been home to generations of paddlers (including Olympians) as well as a myriad of activities and events which have served club members and the greater DC community.
Today, the WCC boathouse is located on National Park Service land, leased by the club. Floods, ice, and age have taken their toll on Georgetown’s historic waterfront over the last century, and the WCC boathouse has not been spared. Working closely with the National Park Service and local preservation and community organizations, the WCC membership is committed to major repairs and renovation to save this D.C. icon.
See the WCC boathouse at Legoland in California, where it is included as part of the D.C. section of Miniland USA.
In the past two years, the 200 members of the Washington Canoe Club have raised nearly $30,000 and donated more than 1,000 hours of time to restore the boathouse. Be it meeting with the National Park Service or physically replacing wooden boards on the dock, WCC members are 100% committed to leading the charge to save this beautiful building on the shores of the Potomac River.
Initial funds have been used to make critical improvements to the existing grounds to ensure the continuing operation of the club and its community activities, and to commission essential activities in advance of the rehabilitation, such as architectural assessments and environmental impact studies. Over the next 5 years, Friends of the Washington Canoe Club, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run by WCC member volunteers, will need to raise over $1.5 million for boathouse rehabilitation.
Your tax deductible donation will help us with our boathouse rehabilitation efforts.
Friends of Washington Canoe Club
Attn: Boathouse Rehabilitation
PO Box 25449
Washington, DC 20027