City officials unveiled a new public boathouse and improvements on Terminal Street last week, in an effort to champion the city’s waterfront to boat traffic on the Hudson River.
The project was funded by a $234,364 Environmental Protection Fund grant awarded by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with city and private donations. The new facility offers restrooms and shower facilities to boaters, in addition to electrical and pump-out hookups.
“This project has shown the successes that can arise when several different entities from both the public and private sectors work cohesively together for the common good,” Mechanicville city Supervisor Tom Richardson said in a statement. “The canal is such an important part of our city and these improvements will allow for even more people to enjoy it.”
Period lighting was also installed on Terminal Street, and city officials hope it will help lead boaters from the dock to businesses in the downtown. Other improvements include the construction of a retaining wall, new pavement, benches, landscaping, lighting and kiosks.
“Boaters traveling the Champlain Canal will now be welcomed by a beautiful new boathouse and refurbished Terminal Street as they venture downtown to experience Mechanicville’s wonderful shops and restaurants,” said state Canal Corp. Director Brian Stratton. “This project has solidified the city’s standing as a must-stop community when heading to or from Lake Champlain.”
Stewart’s Shops donated $20,000 to the effort, and crews from the city’s Department of Public Works helped build the new boathouse.
“The new boathouse and improvements to Terminal Street give boaters the perfect gateway to the wonderful businesses that downtown Mechanicville has to offer,” said Mayor Dennis Baker.