Floathouse wins $180,000 grant from SFBay Area Water Trail!
Improvements to river access in Petaluma took a major step forward recently, as both the Petaluma Turning Basin and the Petaluma Marina were designated as official sites on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail. The trail advisory committee also approved a $180,000 construction grant for the Floathouse Small Craft Rental Center—a waterside paddle, pedal and rowing boat rental center proposed for the downtown Turning Basin. Earlier this fall, the Petaluma City Council approved the Floathouse CEQA environmental report and design documents; setting the stage for a capital campaign in 2016 leading to boat rentals in the basin in 2017.
The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail represents an ongoing effort to inspire and connect small craft users with a network of launch and landing sites (“trailheads”) throughout the region, with access to boating services and overnight accommodations. In the words of Committee members from the Coastal Conservancy, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Department of Boating and Waterways and other advocacy groups, Petaluma and its Turning Basin are a “destination hub”…a potential “gem for the Water Trail”… and the Floathouse Rental Center, a “wonderful model” of access for everyone.
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