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Anacostia Community Boathouse


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The Boathouse organization is made up of 10 member organization, including college and university crew teams, high school crews, and local rowing clubs. The Boathouse sponsors rowing and paddling programs on the Anacostia. By bringing recreational use to the site over the last decade, ACBA has helped to restore access to the waterfront for the residents of nearby neighborhoods. The Anacostia River has always posed something of a barrier between the core of the Federal City and its neighborhoods east of the Anacostia. Like the highway and street railway bridges overhead, our programs on the river are helping to bridge some of the socio-economic divides between the various neighborhoods on the two sides of the river and are helping to change the character of the Anacostia River itself from a barrier to a meeting place.

In the 1980s, leaders in the Anacostia area began using the river for a rowing program for at-risk teenagers. The efforts were joined by the Capital Rowing Club, which created a rowing facility near the 11th St. Bridge. As other organizations joined the group, it expanded.

The Anacostia Watershed Society, a Founding Member of ACBA, also uses the site for water quality monitoring, clean-up, shoreline and habitat restoration, and other environmental projects on the Anacostia. Read Aya T.'s review of Anacostia Community Boathouse Association on Yelp

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Anacostia Community Boathouse
1900 M Street SE
Washington DC 20003