The National Park Service is seeking feedback on a plan to build a boathouse on the Virginia side of the Potomac to make rowing conditions safer for those in kayaks and canoes.

The boathouse would be located along the George Washington Parkway, though a specific site has not been finalized. NPS has identified a preferred alternative of below the Key Bridge in Rosslyn. There would be a support facility between Lynn Street, the I-66 off-ramp and the GW Parkway. In addition, there would be soft launches at Riverside Park and Roaches Run.

The site would make it considerably easier for recreational paddlers and high school teams from Virginia. Right now, paddlers use boathouses in Washington, D.C.

“The rowing conditions, potential conflicts with motorized watercraft, and travel times between Arlington County and the boat clubs make some of these locations less than ideal for the high school rowing programs, as well as for other community users,” the NPS said.

The NPS will host a public meeting regarding the plan’s the environmental assessment on July 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School. Comments will be accepted through July 30.

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