I find the current situation with the Boathouse to be ridiculous and sad at the same time. I have written to city councillors to voice my frustration with the way the city is handling this. The Boathouse has provided 6 nights a week of music and after it is closed there will be silence.
Here is a link to a Facebook Group organized to “save the boathouse”. And here is a link to the city’s explanation which seems a little flat. The city will close the Boathouse and then a city committee is going to direct “staff to explore ways the city can lend this community a helping hand“. Wow. They can lend a hand by continuing to lease the Boathouse after they dredge the lake!
Frankly, I think the space in the Boathouse is too small, but the location is excellent and it has been a vibrant part of the arts community for several years. What does the city think they will replace it with?
The city’s article ends: “The city has not yet considered the future use of the Boathouse building or the building at 79 Joseph St. to determine the best uses for both in the long-term.” The sentence is ungrammatical, bureaucratic and just plain sad.