In 1994, a group of masters rowers with knowledge of an old abandoned boathouse in Marymoor Park proposed their idea of a community rowing facility during a public parks meeting just weeks before it was scheduled to be demolished. While the Marymoor building was being renovated, rowers spent their first two years in a temporary one-bay boathouse in Idylwood Park where SRA grew to about 40 members, both masters and juniors.
With the support of King County Parks and Sammamish Rowing volunteers, the original boathouse building was converted into a usable space by replacing the roof, installing boat and oar racks, and cleaning out the space for use. The boathouse electricity was run through a generator in the beginning, and later electricity, water, and phone lines were installed. In 1997, Sammamish moved from Idylwood to Marymoor and continued to grow the rowing community.
As Sammamish Rowing continued to grow, a new boathouse was needed to help continue to provide quality rowing experiences for the community. In 2000, the search began for a new site, and in 2005 the permit was given to begin construction just west of where the old boathouse stood. With many prior setbacks, construction began in 2010, and with the help of generous donations from King County Parks and members of the community, the new boathouse was fully completed in the summer of 2016. Today, the new boathouse stands with nearly 300 current members and an opportunity for all to row with Sammamish. You can be part of SRA's future.