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Philadelphia City Rowing Celebrates Launch of New Dock at Lloyd Hall

PHILADELPHIA, PA - April 2, 2024 - Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) is proud to announce the successful completion of a dock replacement project at Lloyd Hall, made possible through an LSA grant. This new dock will enable PCR to continue providing river access and enriching out-of-school-time programs to more than 350 students annually.

Despite Philadelphia's rich rowing history and numerous boathouses, most kids have limited access to the sport and the Schuylkill River. PCR aims to change this by using rowing to inspire personal growth, academic achievement, character development, and leadership skills among the city's youth. Since its inception in 2010, PCR has taught over 4,000 students from the School District of Philadelphia how to row.

PCR actively recruits young people from diverse backgrounds by visiting public schools and collaborating with community organizations that serve underrepresented populations. Most students who participate in PCR's programs would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience rowing or interact with the watershed so intimately.

"PCR is incredibly grateful to everyone who made this project possible, including our talented staff, generous donors, and our friends at Row America who managed the construction and installation of the project," said PCR Executive Director Caitlin Mance. "The new dock isn't just about providing our students with a safe place to row; it's about fostering community, empowering our city's youth, and providing a gateway to future opportunities."

A grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority, and the Robert C. White Fund primarily financed the dock replacement project. The new dock will allow PCR to store additional launches, enabling them to accommodate more students on the water daily while improving safety and continued access for the organization and its participants.

"I'm pleased to see state grant funding go toward great community-focused programs like Philadelphia City Rowing," said Representative Donna Bullock. "This new dock will support our city-wide rowing team and other young people who enjoy rowing with the same quality equipment and infrastructure as other rowing clubs. Our young athletes should have the same access to the Schuylkill River and the sport of rowing, and they deserve state-of-the-art facilities."

To celebrate this milestone, PCR will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, April 7, from 12:30 pm to 2 pm at #1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, where newly appointed Parks and Recreation Commissioner Susan Slawson is scheduled to speak. Following the speaking portion, guests will be invited upstairs, where food will be provided by Cosmic Cafe, and they are invited to watch PCR athletes prepare for their races at the Manny Flick Regatta. For any questions about this event, please contact Caitlin Mance directly at


About Philadelphia City Rowing:
PCR creates a unique, comprehensive, and free after-school enrichment experience for young people in the school district of Philadelphia by offering a mix of competitive rowing, academic mentorship, and wellness education. With an emphasis on reaching underserved communities, PCR strives to create an inclusive environment that helps all young people unlock their true potential and explore the possibilities of their future. For more information about PCR please visit 

Caitlin Mance
Executive Director