Do you know that Buffalo has the largest single rowing club in the country? Yes, there are cities that have more rowing clubs, but the WSRC is the largest.
The club has been a fixture of the Buffalo waterfront for 93 years. WSRC was formed in 1912 and launched its high school program in 1921, which remains their biggest focus to this day, with hundreds of students passing through its doors daily. It’s become so crowded that there are proposals to use Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1905 boathouse vision to build another boathouse nearby. Aside from its high school programs and youth camp, WSRC also offers masters teams and learn-to-row programs for adults, giving former competitive rowers as well as those new to the sport a chance to get in a boat and compete. The club is nestled on a grassy stretch between the towering abutments of the Peace Bridge and the baseball diamonds of Lasalle Park.
Excerpt from Buffalo Rising Magazine contributor, L. Beebe. Summer/Fall Issue.