Grand Opening of WMS Boathouse at Clark Park

The Second of Four New Boat Houses Will Offer Public Rowing Programs for Youth and Adults


October 19, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined architect Jeanne Gang, local leaders, representatives of the Chicago Rowing Foundation, and community members today to celebrate the grand opening of the new WMS Boathouse at Clark Park. Designed and built by Studio Gang Architects, the state-of-the-art WMS boat house opened as part of the Chicago Rowing Foundation’s ROWtoberfest Regatta that featured races from middle and high school students as well as collegiate athletes.

“Today we celebrate the opening of the second boathouse that will substantially increase recreational activities for children and adults as well as take advantage of all the Chicago River has to offer,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The Clark Park boathouse will provide a wide range of programs, add competitive rowing as a sport for nearby schools, and offer canoeing, kayaking and rowing programs for all ages and abilities.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has set a goal of making the Chicago River the city’s next recreational frontier, with four new boathouses throughout the city serving as anchors of the river’s future development. The Clark Park Boathouse is the second of the four boathouses to be built. The Ping Tom Boathouse located at the edge of the Chinatown and South Loop neighborhoods opened last June.

The completion of the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park exemplifies the City's commitment to renewing its waterfront but also to investing in its youth,” said Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects. “The building provides a stimulating and fun space where young people from all over the city can participate in sport and develop important life skills. In this way, the building’s design, inspired by the rhythmic motion of rowing, parallels the forward momentum of efforts to revitalize the river while supporting the vitality of urban communities.”

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