19 Jul 2013

Ballpark Boathouse in Navy Yard Soft Opening Saturday at 11am

photo courtesy of David Garber

photo courtesy of David Garber

After over a year of hounding the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office daily to get them to take the steps necessary to open a privately-run kayak rental vendor at Diamond Teague Park, I’m happy to report that the Ballpark Boathouse — run by Boston Outdoor Recreation, Inc., the same company who runs the Key Bridge Boathouse — will finally be soft opening this weekend.

Diamond Teague Park is located at the corner of 1st Street SE and Potomac Avenue SE between Yards Park and Nats Stadium. This is pretty big news for this side of the city, as it’s the first kayak rental operation on the Anacostia River.

Operations at the boathouse will ramp up throughout the rest of this outdoor season, and will expand with rentable storage racks next spring where residents will be able to keep their own kayaks.

For now, the hours of operation are Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 8pm. Because this is a soft opening, they’ll be starting small and working out the kinks over the next few weekends. An official grand opening is planned for later this summer.

More info: www.ballparkboathouse.com

David Garber is the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Navy Yard neighborhood. Follow his up-to-the-minute updates on Facebook and on Twitter

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