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Upcoming Events

Apr
26
Fri
all-day Brentwood
Brentwood
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day
A three day (overnight) event for all our crews (passport required). Brentwood College School hosts this event on its campus in Mill Bay, British Columbia. The 1500 meter race is in the salt water of Sanich Inlet directly in front of the school. All race day activity is centered here, though Green Lake Crew uses the gym floor of a nearby high school for lodging. Accommodations for visiting parents are limited. Check the Brentwood School website at www.brentwood.bc.ca. Look under
May
4
Sat
all-day Opening Day/Windermere Cup
Opening Day/Windermere Cup
May 4 all-day
An event for our experienced crews (by invite) which happens on the Montlake Cut near UW. This race has events for juniors, collegiate, masters, and sometimes international Olympic team rowers. The course is 2000 meters starting in Lake Washington and finishing just at the west end of the cut. The best viewing is from the Montlake Cut or Bridge. Launching is at the University of Washington’s Conibear shellhouse located just east of the U.W. Intramural Activities Building and tennis courts.
May
16
Thu
all-day NW Junior Regional Championships
NW Junior Regional Championships
May 16 – May 19 all-day
A three day (overnight) event for all our crews which happens onVancouver Lake, WA. The 2000 meter race course at Vancouver Lake is centered on Vancouver Lake Park. Launching, parking and best viewing are all in the park.

Green Lake Small Craft Center
5900 W Green Lake Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Tel. 206-684-4074
jason.frisk@seattle.gov

History of Green Lake Crew

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The youth rowing program was organized by a group of community leaders and neighborhood supporters in 1947, with the first crew beginning rowing in the summer of 1948. The original Conroy boathouse was located along the Eastern shoreline of Green Lake near Evans Pool. This remained the site of the Green Lake Crew program until the “new” Massart Shellhouse was built by the Aqua Theater contractor without cost to the City when that structure was being constructed in 1950. Guided by the Seattle Junior Crew Rowing Commission, the crew received equipment, and travel and operational support. By the mid-1950s, Seattle Parks and Recreation involvement had increased and the program was able to grow and develop continuity between seasons. In the Seattle earthquake of 1965, the shellhouse received extensive damage. Rather than just conduct repairs, the Department expanded the boathouse to accommodate additional shell storage and improve the launching areas.

Canoeing and sailing came to the lake in the late 1960s with the introduction of two public clubs, the Seattle Canoe Club and the Seattle Sailing Association. Both of these groups allowed for the expansion of small craft program opportunities without impacting the Department budget . . . a strong group of volunteers worked closely with Department staff, forming a successful partnership for nearly 20 years.

The 1968 Forward Thrust Bond Issue allowed for the construction of a new small craft center to accommodate rowing, sailing, and canoeing on Green Lake. This facility was completed in 1980 and included the remodeling of the Massart Shellhouse, the partial demolition of the Aqua Theater, and the addition of a building to house sailing and canoeing. The Green Lake Small Craft Center was dedicated on September 27, 1980.

Adult rowing was first offered to the public in the fall of 1984 and has since grown to be a large and stable portion of the program.