The Tulsa Rowing Club is actively recovering from the damage caused by the fire in January. We have made progress towards building a new boathouse. We have set up temporary river-side storage that is allowing us to get back on the water. We have even been able to get some sessions of our Learn-to-Row class out on the river this week. The drive of our dedicated membership has kept us afloat.
An improved boathouse will be built in the same location, just across the river from downtown. Expect that the damaged structure will be demolished within a few weeks time. The design of the new boathouse is currently underway. We are seeking some additional funding to build a structure that will meet the needs of both our adult and youth rowing programs. Look for us to come back bigger and better!
The fleet is only 20% of its original size, but we are making the most of the limited capacity. Members have the opportunity to row both morning or evening schedules — and this Spring has provided some terrific rowing conditions. We intend to purchase new rowing shells to fill out our fleet again.
Finally, we have been able to continue operating our Learn-to-Row classes. The first two week class is currently running. The next class is scheduled for the beginning of June. You can learn more about the program at http://tulsarowing.org/
Keep an eye on the river as we continue to rebuild.
May 10, 2016 | Masters
During the night of January 24th, Tulsa Rowing Club’s Boathouse was the victim of vandalism and arson. Club members are stunned and saddened at the loss of our rowing home and the loss of boats that carried us through the comradery of practices and racing. Insurance investigators, Tulsa Fire Department and federal arson agents are working quickly to bring justice to the situation, for which we extend our gratitude. The full extent of our losses is not yet known, but in the coming days, there will be an opportunity to provide funding assistance to our rebuilding efforts. Please check back often for updates.
With the damage to the boathouse, our companion Youth program also experienced the loss of their workout facility and equipment and fundraising is ongoing to replace those items. Go to www.okrowing.org for more information.
Tulsa Rowing Club oars will flash again on the Arkansas River.
For additional information, please contact club president Scott Fujan at email@example.com
January 25, 2016 | Masters