Ground was broken, dirt was being pushed and stones were being laid Thursday near the boat launch in Shoaff Park so contractors can start work on a storage facility.
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation has partnered with G2 Rowing, formerly known as the Glorious Gate Rowing Association, to establish the boat storage facility.
Dan Wire, president of the board for the volunteer organization, estimates the cost will be $50,000 to $60,000.
G2 Rowing has been training rowers for more than a decade, working from a mobile boat trailer, a news release said.
“This boat facility will allow rowers to spend more time on the water and will enhance our sponsored regattas at this location in the spring and fall,” Wire said in a statement.
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel said partnerships with organizations like G2 Rowing “enhance our parks and provide healthy connections to people and to our parks and rivers.”
During a brief telephone interview, Wire pointed to broad community support, including businesses and foundations. He said the goal is to create a “community rowing center” that the public can enjoy – not just individuals involved in competitive rowing for sport.
Rowing is a full-body workout that almost anyone, from their early teens to mid-80s, can enjoy, Wire said.
The facility, which is expected to include a Learning to Row area, is expected to be operational by April 1. The storage center could house 20 boats, Wire said, depending on size and capacity of each.