Temple may not build new boat house on Schuylkill

Boathouse Row (Rikard Larma/METRO)
Boathouse Row (Rikard Larma/METRO)

Temple University withdrew its application to build a new boathouse on Kelly Drive.

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance said Temple will examine renovating East Park Canoe House instead of building a new boathouse along the Schuylkill.

Ken Lawrence, VP of government, community and public affairs, said in a statement that Temple wants to find a long-term home for its crew teams, and no decision has been made yet.

“At this time we believe the best course of action is to withdraw our proposal for a new boat house to allow for further study of all options.”

In a statement, the Parks Alliance said it “did not oppose the conversion of parkland to private use by Temple for a boathouse and indeed supports activities like rowing that connect people with their parks and natural resources.”

“We believe that rigorous implementation of the Open Lands Protection ordinance is critical to ensuring that there is no net loss of parks, recreation and open space,” the statement read.


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