Stonington Community Rowing Center​

The Hart Perry Boathouse

The Mystic River Boathouse Park

Designing the Mystic River Boathouse Park and Hart Perry Boathouse, both Kent + Frost and Anmahian Winton Architects felt it was essential to make a connection with the historic Rossie Mill located across the street.

Without the mill, neither of these projects would be possible today. Period photographs show the familiar mill complex, without the 1.5-acre property that we have today. Back then, the seawall next to Greenmanville Avenue simply extended across the face of the mill to Mystic Seaport.

Since it was built in 1898, the Rossie Mill deposited materials, primarily coal slag, in front of the mill. As the mill grew, so did the mass across the street. When the mill ceased operations in 1958, nature began reclaiming the man-made point.

Now, the property will become a public waterfront park. The community will enjoy access to the Mystic River. A boardwalk around the park perimeter will span decades of history to make a connection to the mill. An observation pier that will offer beautiful river views will also be used for fishing and boating. 

An innovative, natural living shoreline approach to coastal erosion will protect the park. The shoreline also provides wonderful opportunities for marine education programs with nearby Coogan Farm Nature Center. 
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The Hart Perry Boathouse

After exploring dozens of options, Kent + Frost Landscape Architects determined that the best site for the Hart Perry Boathouse and restored home that make up the Stonington Community Rowing Center is near Greenmanville Avenue. In addition to providing protection from potential storms and rising sea levels, the location also maximizes park space available to the public.

With limited space and limited resources, the structures have to achieve a lot for Stonington. In a relatively small footprint, the ground floor will store rowing shells, oars, launches, and other equipment needed to support the full range of planned community rowing programs . Change rooms and a public restroom will also be available. The second floor provides an area for indoor training—two things that, in its 20-year history, not even Stonington Crew has ever had!  

The rowing center will be a home away from home for middle school, high school, adult, and adaptive rowers all year long.
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