Clarkson, Village of Norwood reach agreement for new boathouse on lake
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 5:56 am

Clarkson University will build a new boathouse on Norwood Lake after entering into a lease with the Village of Norwood. Front row (left-right): Clarkson Director of Risk Management, Purchasing and Payroll George Giordano, Norwood Village Mayor James McFaddin, and Clarkson President Tony Collins. Back row: Clarkson Crew Team members Aaron S. Dahl '15, Alyssa Schabel '15 and coach Boris Jukic.

NORWOOD -- Clarkson University will build a new boathouse on Norwood Lake after entering into a lease with the village.

Clarkson will use 0.23 acres of the 127 acre Norwood Recreation Park to construct a boathouse for their college crew team.

"This 25-year lease agreement provides an opportunity to work together that will benefit local businesses, homeowners and students," said Norwood Village Mayor James H. McFaddin. "The agreement will provide rowing competitions that will bring visitors to our area, provide a safe and beautiful environment so that college students may pursue their sport, and also allow the control of invasive plant growth that threatens property values. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assemblywoman Addie Russell and Senator Joe Griffo for their support."

The new boathouse will house 12 to 18 Clarkson boats, depending on size. The local rowing club "The Grateful Oars" will also house 8 to 10 boats there.

"Clarkson University is pleased to enter into this agreement with our neighbor, the Village of Norwood. This is a mutually beneficial collaboration, which will advance quality of life and grow North Country economic opportunities," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "For 15 years our crew club team has enjoyed rowing on Norwood Lake."

Construction is expected to begin soon with completion prior to snowfall.

In July, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to allow Clarkson to construct the boathouse. The bill, sponsored by New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, passed both houses of the legislature without any dissenting votes. Earlier this year, the Village of Norwood Board unanimously passed a home rule message in support of the legislation.