Imagine a landmark community boathouse at the center of a network of land and water trails: a home for our local boating clubs to grow and for everyone who loves getting out on the river. It’s in Petaluma’s General Plan and the River Access Plan, and PSCC is working to get it built. A public boathouse will be a tremendous investment in community close to home, creating meaningful opportunities for recreation, education, public access, and economic vitality.
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Here people can meet to launch out on the water and explore their boating interests, develop their skills, and share in the fellowship of sport, recreation, and nature. Here PSCC will store and maintain a varied fleet of watercraft, including boats for rent. For the community, the boathouse will also offer public restrooms, river access, plenty of dock space and storage, a repair shop, classrooms and meeting spaces, locker rooms with showers, an observation deck and a picnic area.
The community boathouse will be the nexus of the local boating community, where our local groups can do what they do best: “put butts in boats”. Right now, they’re ready to grow and serve the community with additional programming, but can’t, because none have a permanent home or adequate facilities.
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Site and Facilities Criteria for the Petaluma Community Boathouse
Note: The following criteria frame the general needs of the Petaluma Community Boathouse. The actual site will ultimately determine the nature of the facilities, river access for small craft and people, and parking needs.
- A multi-user Community Boathouse will require a minimum site of 1.25 acres, or roughly 54,000 sq. ft., which is approximately 230 feet by 230 feet. The building footprint is approximately 15,000 square feet, 100 x 150 feet, with a full second floor.
- Of primary importance is a waterfront property located on the navigable waterway, i.e. a section of the river that receives regular dredging.
- The waterfront property should have sufficient shoreline to accommodate a minimum of 200’ of dock. Optimally, the dock would be situated far enough from shore to allow access to both sides at all tide levels without impeding the freeway requirements of other river traffic. The docks would be low profile, only five to eight inches high, to allow easier egress to and from small craft.
- Ideally, the property should also be able to accommodate a 12-15’ wide concrete launching ramp for hand and trailer launching of boats (primarily outrigger canoes, traditional wooden rowing & sailing boats, and coaching launches).
There would be four types of boat and equipment storage:
- Secure, covered, interior storage for rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, oars and paddles, safety, and other equipment (approximately 12,500 sq. ft.)
- Secure, covered, exterior storage for outrigger canoes, kayaks, and canoes (approximately 2,000 sq. ft.)
- Secure uncovered storage for coaching launches and miscellany (2,500 sq. ft.)
- In-the-water boat mooring for heavier, traditional wooden boats on the “inside” of the docks
- Washdown and prep areas for boats and equipment adjacent to the docks
- Additional “traffic” lanes for facility access and egress
- Exterior boat and equipment storage
- Boat trailer storage
- Public viewing areas
- Restrooms, showers, and lockers
- Training room for ergometers, weights, stretching, and dryland exercises
- Meeting/multi purpose rooms: (1) room for up to 100 people; (1) room for up to 50 people; breakout classrooms
- Small commercial kitchen and food storage area
- Separate small dining or café area?
- Laundry room with sink, washer, and dryer plus storage
- Utility room for janitorial equipment and supplies
- Multiple outdoor decks/”widow’s walk” for observation and recreation adjacent to kitchen and meeting spaces
- Multiple staff, coaches’, and club offices
- Front office for general office/signups/information, staff/volunteers, retail sales and commercial activities, displays, etc.
- A wooden boat building shop for building wooden small craft professionally and repair work as well as for wooden boat building classes (2500 sq. ft.)
- A repair shop for boats of composite construction (fiberglass and other synthetic materials (1,500 sq. ft.)
- This depends on the location and size of the facility. Different small craft users tend to have different hours (for example, rowers in the morning, outrigger paddlers in the afternoon), and hours may also vary from peak parking periods in the immediate area if the boathouse is situated in a commercial or industrial neighborhood.
- Consider parking space for boat hauling trailers.