Bainbridge Island’s future rowing center, The Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center, will be the first of its kind in Kitsap County. The Center will provide much-needed support for rowing programs in the greater West Sound community. But the Rowing Center needs your financial support to become reality, especially today, Giving Tuesday.
The proposed rowing center is a 12,000-square-foot, two-story building on the western edge of Waterfront Park. The ground floor, which is partly completed, will be used for storage of boats, oars, and safety equipment and will include a shop, small bathroom, and mechanical and electrical equipment. Interior stairs will connect to the second floor, a wood-frame structure housing a large workout/multipurpose room, coaches’ offices, bathrooms, and a kitchen.
As a non-profit, community-based organization, Bainbridge Island Rowing generates operating funds primarily through our Program Fees. Special projects like the completion of the Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center also depend on the support of foundation grants, donations from corporate sponsors, and gifts from our community.
The estimated cost to build the rowing center is $2.94 million for construction, plus $1 million to establish an ongoing operating fund (for maintenance, utilities, and repairs). Thanks to the generosity of many donors and supporters, we are already more than halfway to achieving our fundraising goal and completing construction. Now today, Giving Tuesday, you can help get Bainbridge Island Rowing through the next step.
The center’s namesake, Stan Pocock, was one of the most successful coaches ever for UW freshman rowers, coaching the powerhouse team from 1947 to 1955. He also coached eight different crews to the Olympics between 1956 and 1964, bringing home a record four gold and two bronze medals. In addition, Stan ran the legendary Pocock family boatbuilding shop for almost 20 years and is credited with creating the first fiberglass rowing shell.