Plans to Expand Boathouses on the Anacostia’s Western Bank

The Historic Anacostia Boating Association (HABA) plans to renovate boating facilities along Boathouse Row, as well as add a recreation area that will give the community better access to the waterfront.

“We have history that we would like to maintain,” said HABA chairman Steve Ricks at the November ANC 6B meeting. He spoke on behalf of four boating clubs, two of which have been operating for over 100 years. He also said that HABA wants to provide “affordable, recreational boating for the community.”

Ricks outlined a proposed facility that includes a 228-slip marina, office, picnic, and sand volleyball space, parking, and a pier for water taxies. Its boat ramp will also allow boats to enter the water from somewhere other than the National Harbor or National Airport.

Ricks also noted that an updated Boathouse Row will go well with the apartment complex planned for 1333 M St. SE as well as the Southeast Boulevard project. HABA is now moving from design concept to fundraising,

Excerpted from the report on ANC 6B November meeting by Jonathan Neeley to be published in the December Hill Rag.