Friday, November 12, 2004

Groundbreaking Set For Boating

In a boost for waterfront development and community recreation, groundbreaking ceremonies will be held Monday 1:30 p.m. for a new Boating Instruction and Safety Center next to the Adorni Center on Waterfront Drive in Eureka.

The BISC has been in development for six years and is a cooperative venture among the California Department of Boating and Waterways, the city of Eureka and Humboldt State University.

The department will provide the major funding for the center, $4.1 million, with considerable additional support from the city.

Humboldt State will manage the 16,000-square-foot building when construction is completed in late 2005 or early 2006.

The facility will house training space, classrooms, meeting areas, locker rooms, offices and boat storage.

It will offer boating safety courses and instruction, on-water programs such as paddling and rowing, and community classroom and meeting spaces.

The center will be open to both community and university use.

Groundbreaking at the Waterfront Drive site will feature brief remarks and a news conference with Humboldt State President Rollin Richmond, Eureka Mayor Peter LaVallee, and Raynor Tsuneyoshi, director of California’s DBW.

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