“Pull Together” Capital Campaign
The “Pull Together” Capital Campaign is a multi-year fundraising initiative that will provide capital for the Argonaut Rowing Club to upgrade the infrastructure of our boathouse and provide our members with first class facilities for many years to come. Funds will be raised from club members, alumni, friends, corporations and government entities.
Phase One of the campaign will target an amount of $250,000 in 2017, for the purpose of replacing the existing docks with larger docks that are accessible to all, as well as other infrastructure improvements.
The existing, aging docks will be replaced with a new deck, ramp and expanded dock. The new facility will make all outdoor areas fully accessible to rowers with physical disabilities and will accommodate increased boat traffic during peak periods.
Up to four eight-oared shells will be able to launch or return at the same time. This will be extremely beneficial during peak periods on spring and summer weekday mornings, as well as during our LTR, Hog Town Heats and Martha Coffey Frostbite Sprints regattas. The current traffic jams at the dock will become a distant memory!
The dock replacement will consist of the construction of:
- a new deck that is level with the concrete area in front of the boat bays. This will facilitate access to the deck for persons with physical disabilities directly from the concrete area;
- a gently sloping ramp leading to the dock, enabling persons with disabilities to easily access the dock; and
- a floating dock that is wider and longer than the existing dock, with a level surface area. The larger dock will be able to accommodate three times as many boats as the current dock, easing congestion and wait times during peak periods on spring and summer weekday mornings.
Benefits of new docks
Accessibility The new docks will offer barrier-free access, from boat bay to the water. This will enable the club to build on its position as a Para-Rowing Centre of Excellence (as designated by RowOntario), by offering expanded learn-to-row and competitive programs for persons with disabilities.
Capacity With up to four eight-oared shells launching or returning at the same time, traffic congestion at the dock will be a thing of the past. On weekday mornings, in particular, high school crews will be able to get on and off the water more quickly, saving them 15-30 precious minutes on their busy school days.
Sufficient funds to be raised by November 2017 to place order with dock manufacturer.
Completion of new docks by March 2018.
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All donations will be made to the National Sport Trust Fund – Ontario (NSTF) via its provincial partner, Sport4Ontario, and then directed to the Argonaut Rowing Club. As NSTF is recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency under the qualified donees category, a charitable tax receipt will be provided automatically for all donations.
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The Argonaut Rowing Club is a non-profit, inclusive organization that serves the community by offering a range of rowing programs for individuals of varying age groups and physical ability.