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After 12 Years & $3M, New Family Boating Center in Mt. Baker Finally Complete

After 12 years, $3 million and countless volunteer hours, the new family boating center at Mt. Baker Rowing & Sailing Center on Lake Washington is finally complete.

Named for longtime center supporter, sailor extraordinaire and lifelong Mt. Baker resident George Corkery, Jr., the building – located in Stan Sayres Memorial Park – has undergone a capital renovation and addition project that includes improved boat and equipment storage, more locker room space and showers that are accessible for people with disabilities. The final phase features an indoor multi-purpose space for community functions, and improved instruction and meeting rooms.

“The result is living proof of the critical role volunteers play not just in the success of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s operations, but in the success of projects too,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation spokesperson Dewey Potter. “The expansion of the building at this prime waterfront location will provide space for activities relating to the rowing, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing activities that continue to grow in popularity.”

The community is invited to join in the center’s grand opening celebration on Sun., Aug. 14, from 6 to 7:30 pm at 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S.

The Rainier Valley community is poised to celebrate the grand opening of the George Corkery, Jr. Family Boating Center at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center in Stan Sayres Memorial Park. Photo/Rainier Valley Post