Boathouse and Events Center

Events—from small-scale slalom races to national competitions—will be critical for maximizing Run of River’s economic impact. In order to accommodate these high-caliber events, Skowhegan needs a downtown events facility.

The Run of River Committee worked with Steve Govoni of Wentworth Partners & Associates to design a boathouse/events center that will meet a number of community needs:

  • Downtown facility that can accommodate large groups for a variety of indoor and outdoor events
  • Teaching/commercial kitchen that could serve as an experiential classroom for Somerset Career & Technical Center students and provide space for event catering and for community cooking classes and demonstrations
  • Café that will provide experiential learning opportunities for students and where visitors and residents will enjoy food and drink
  • State-of-the-art conference and meeting space
  • Storage for canoes, mountain bikes, and snowshoes for public use
  • Boat lockers for members of a local paddling club and paddlers who frequent the facility
  • Public restrooms and changing areas
  • Office space for the organization that will promote the whitewater recreation area, plan events, and bring national competitions to Skowhegan
  • More jobs in a region that currently suffers from high poverty rates