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          Future is promising for new boathouse

          Greg Meyer

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Sports
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          The Spartan crew club is on the verge of having a new home.

          As first reported back in January, the team's existence had come under fire after casino planners proposed a building site, which included the home to the only boathouse in Northeast Ohio. The boathouse, owned and operated by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF), may still not survive, but the plans for the new Rivergate Park are sailing right along.

          In January, the members of CRF, including CWRU, John Carroll University, Cleveland State University, several area high schools and many individual rowing enthusiasts, had only raised $500,000 towards the $3.2 million cost of purchasing the new site of the park. The Trust for Public Land, which purchased the land and is holding it until CRF can purchase it, gave the foundation an initial deadline of March 31, 2010 to raise the money. However, since that time, the purchase option expiration date has been pushed back to July 31 and the foundation has raised an additional $1.4 million.

          CRF isn't alone in their push for the park, either. According to published reports, mayor Frank Jackson recently proposed a low-interest $300,000 loan to help fund the park. The city also wrote to Democratic representatives Dennis Kucinich and Maria Fudge to lobby for federal funding. As of Tuesday, at least Kucinich earmarked the project in the upcoming spending bills, while Fudge's proposals were kept private. In addition, the foundation recently received a $100,000 dollar donation from the MetLife Foundation, channeled through the Trust for Public Land. While the CRF wants to raise all of the money, they will borrow whatever necessary to close the deal by the deadline. "I think our move is imminent," Theresa Gang, the CRF's director, told The Plain Dealer.

          What this means for the Spartans crew team is that they will be able to continue their 18-year legacy at Case. While they were unable to donate any substantial sums of money, the team did pull their weight, allowing the CRF to take over the annual Hammer Regatta and use it as a fundraiser. The CWRU team members helped set up and volunteered to run the event.
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            Bill Carroll

            posted 3/29/10 @ 9:56 AM EST

            Greg,

            I am the state director for the Trust for Public Land and I want to correct one item in your story.

            TPL has NOT purchased the property yet. (Continued…)

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