Stonington Community Rowing Center​

The Hart Perry Boathouse

Park and Boathouse Public Presentation, December 1st! 
Join us December 1 from 10am to 12pm in the Stonington High School Commons for our second public presentation on the Mystic River Boathouse Park and Hart Perry Boathouse. The boathouse committee will share plans and collect public feedback on these exciting projects for the Stonington community!
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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Answers to Questions Raised in Boathouse Design Voting Summary
Click here to read Mike O'Neill's valuable response that clarifies statements and answers questions raised in a boathouse design voting summary conducted on social media.
The Hart Perry Boathouse

After exploring dozens of options, Kent + Frost and Anmahian Winton Architects determined that the best site for the Hart Perry Boathouse 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 boathouse has 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 . Public restrooms 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!

Like the park, the boathouse will make a connection to the historic Rossie Mill. Though over a century apart in age, the two buildings will complement one another to create a gateway to Mystic. Combining elements of the mill with the sport of rowing, the Hart Perry Boathouse will be a home away from home for middle school, high school, adult and adaptive rowers all year long.
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