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A little bit about our history...

Rowing has been in Cleveland since the mid-19th Century. The fierce rivalry between boat clubs like the Ydrads and the Ivanhoes made Cleveland stand out nationally for producing hard-working blue-collar oarsmen. After the 1880s, heavy industry pushed rowers off of the Cuyahoga River for nearly a century. The Foundry's 19th Century factory building brings a little bit of Cleveland's rowing heritage back into focus, with strong support from the City of Cleveland.

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Modern Rowing in Cleveland

Rowing returns to the modern era in Cleveland. The Flats Racing League, the Western Reserve Rowing Association, and St. Ignatius High School are all emerging teams in the late 1980's and early 1990's. As rowing grew, it expanded to three collegiate programs and four more youth rowing programs.
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Search for training center begins

After several decades of success, a new search begins for a new rowing site on the Cuyahoga River. Industrial sites and empty lots are considered, finally discovering The Foundry on the Columbus Road Peninsula.
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New Site Acquired

The Foundry is acquired by a generous contribution by philanthropists Mike and Gina Trebilcock. The Trebilcock family had contributed in a myriad of ways to the Greater Cleveland rowing community, and led the Cleveland Youth Rowing Association in many capacities.
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Visit to Saugatuck Boat Club

Several Foundry personnel, coaches, and parents from the Cleveland rowing community visited Saugatuck Boat Club in Saugatuck, Connecticut to learn about best-in-class practices for boathouse operations.
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SEHS National Scholastic Champs

For the first time in its brief team history, St. Edward High School wins a national title at the 2015 SRAA National Championships in the Men's Junior 8+!
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Approval by Planning Commission

The City of Cleveland Planning Commission reviewed and applauded The Foundry's aspirations following a multi-stakeholder review.
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520 Linear Feet of Dock Purchased

The Foundry, working with shoreline construction firms, dock manufacturers, and after securing a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, purchased a docking system longer than any other on the Cuyahoga.
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Phase I Begins: "The Big House"

After developing a plan for the existing structures, and dividing the project into phases, construction for Phase I gets underway with bulkhead construction, site cleanup, and renovation of the Phase I shell storage house of 7,700 sq. ft. Phase I represents approximately 20% of the available shell storage space in The Foundry.
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CYRA commits to The Foundry

The Cleveland Youth Rowing Association discussed shifting its operations to The Foundry. After deliberation, the CYRA board determined that The Foundry would fit their team.
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Endorsement by Councilman Cimperman

In an elegantly phrased missive, Councilman Joe Cimperman of Ward 3 resoundingly endorsed The Foundry, encouraging his colleagues on the Cleveland City Council to do the same. In that Letter of Support, Councilman Cimperman lauded the benefits of the training center for the youth of Greater Cleveland and overall enhancement of the city's profile nationally.
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SEHS commits to The Foundry

St. Edward High School rowing decided to commit to The Foundry for the future of it's national-championship caliber program.
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City Council Approval

Cleveland City Council heard a presentation from The Foundry, ultimately voting to approve a long-term lease of river bulkhead.
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SJA Commits to The Foundry

St. Joseph Academy decided to commit to training out of The Foundry for the benefit of Cleveland's only all-girls Catholic high school.
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Phase I Construction Continues

Phase I construction - "The Big House" - nears conclusion. Docks scheduled for installation Aug. 11.
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Docks Installed

Best-in-Class rowing docks installed. Manufacturer RowAmerica indicates that The Foundry's are the longest rowing docks in the world.


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