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Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
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ABOUT THE CENTER
Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center is located on Lake Washington at Stan Sayres Park, about midway between Seward Park and the I-90 floating bridge in south east Seattle.
Register online with SPARC, call the Parks Business Service Center to register or leave a message at the facility and someone will return your call upon our return.
CLASSES & PROGRAMS
Mt. Baker currently offers programs for ages 8-100 in rowing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing for all ability levels. Financial Aid is Available for all classes. The Boating Advisory Council, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, wants to ensure that our activities, classes and sports are available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The Council will chose to waive some or all fees, offer activities on a sliding scale, allow for an exchange of activities for volunteer service, or offer scholarships.
Reduced fees are intended mainly for families or individuals in our
Seattle neighborhood who are on public assistance or are unemployed.
"On Land" Health & Fitness
Mt. Baker offers Health and Fitness Classes in our indoor facility year-round. We welcome people of all, shapes, sizes and fitness levels. No rowing experience is required for these popular classes. For more information about our health and fitness classes or for the current schedule, call (206) 386-1913.
Mt.Baker Junior Crew
Youth Summer Camps
Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers a variety of summer camps for youth ages 8-18. Whether it is a mix of activities with our Multi-Sport Adventure Camps or a focus on Sailing or Rowing, Mount Baker offers fun, safe and memorable summer experiences! For current offerings, please see our Annual Program Brochure or call (206)386-1913.
This facility is accessible by private car, foot, bike, boat, and public transportation which makes stops on Genesee Street 3 blocks south of the facility. Because Stan Sayres Park features a boat launching ramp, as well as several piers for power or sailboats, one could arrive by water to take a class!
The construction of a rowing and sailing center for youth in South Seattle was included in the Forward Thrust Bond Issue of 1968. It was slated to be one of the final projects and was finally moved into the planning stages in 1980. The architectural firm of TRA was hired to do a feasibility study and based on their recommendation, the new facility was erected at Stan Sayres Park on the shores of Lake Washington.
The firm of Calvin/Gorasch was selected to design the new facility and construction began in August of 1984. The building is located adjacent to a residential area that provided the inspiration for the classic sloping roofline and cedar shake roof of the new building. The building is gray stucco and trimmed in turquoise, fuchsia, forest green, and wedge wood blue.
The official christening was on June 15, 1985 and the facility was named "Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center." The first project of the new advisory council was assisting in the planning and operation of the christening ceremony.
The new council, lead by Wil Anderson as President, took an active role in the planning of programs, financial projects, and publicity for the new center. Funds were generated through program operation and supplemented by fund raising activities to allow the purchase of ten Laser II sailboats, ten sailboards, and an eight oared shell named "City of Seattle."
In the summer of 1990, the Goodwill Games were held in Seattle, and the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center hosted the events on Lake Washington. A 2000 meter course, beginning at Mount Baker Beach, was the venue for this world class Regatta.
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Updated July 29, 2016
CLASSES & PROGRAMS
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