The rowboats and skiffs arrived at Hoyt Lake just minutes ago. It was great to see four of the eight boats show up. Even the ‘Oar House’ was getting painted – the docks were installed a couple of days ago. Thanks to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy for working in conjunction with the Buffalo State Boat Building Program (remember John Montague?). The delivery was made just days before the citywide Buffalo Homecoming celebration… the official ribbon cutting will be performed on Thursday when the program will be launched for public use.
Members of the Olmsted Conservancy can take the boats out whenever they want (membership is cheap too). For anyone who is not a member, a $10 payment gives you half an hour on Hoyt Lake. Heck, membership is only $30. And this year the rules are much more lax. You can bring food and beverages with you (what a great decision!) and the distance range has been extended as well. This summer, boaters can go under the two bridges all the way over to the Japanese Gardens.
I spoke to someone recently who said that the Historical Society may one day even set up a café on the back steps overlooking the lake. Can you imagine being able to row over to a café? That would be pretty cool. Kinda like a more permanent Party on the Portico.
The Rotary Club pitched in for a boat, and John donated a boat… my understanding is that soon there might be corporate sponsorship opportunities. There are also plans to build a wedding boat at some point where photo ops will take place. Now we need to get the Solar Boat Races back on the lake and a refreshment stand close by.