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09-01-2014

New Clarkson University Boathouse on Norwood Lake to Benefit Region

Clarkson University will build a new boathouse on Norwood Lake in Norwood, N.Y., after recently 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.Clarkson will use 0.23 acres of the 12.7 acre Norwood Recreation Park for construction of and use of that property as a Crew Club Team boathouse.

"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."

"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. This new boathouse solidifies our relationship with Norwood and will enable the team to share this beautiful venue with teams and fans from other universities."

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.

Current plans for the boathouse of the 50-member Crew Club Team are to commence construction 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.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: 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.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/boathouse-lease.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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