Rowing park denied state funding


Rowing park denied state funding


Date: April 29, 2014
by: Josh Siegel | Staff Writer


The state’s 2014-15 budget does not include money to fund improvements to Nathan Benderson Park.

But Paul Blackketter, the president of SANCA, the nonprofit running the park, said the state legislature's decision will not prevent the park from being ready to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. 

“This (decision) does not impact the timeline (to finish construction of the park),” Blackketter said in an email. “(We) feel very confident that we can raise the private funds. Once we raise the money, we’ll ask the state for a match in next year’s budget.”

SANCA plans to launch a fundraising drive — funded by private donors — to raise $11 million to help built a boathouse and finish tower at Nathan Benderson Park. 

SANCA would then lobby the state for a matching grant — during next year’s budget cycle— that would provide another $11 million to finish construction of the park.

The state money would only be paid if SANCA can raise $11 million from private donors.

Blackketter hopes construction of the park finishes by the first quarter of 2016. 

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  • They will be before the County Commission begging for "private" funds before anyone knows it.

    The present Commissioners will be falling over themselves to give Mr. Benderson, Mr. Blaackketter and Mrs. Barbetta everything they want down to the last penny. After all, it isn't their money . . .
  • Pete Theisen
    Wed 30th Apr 2014
    at 9:13pm
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