Temple U. withdraws plans for new Philly boathouse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University has withdrawn plans for a new boathouse along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia after concerns arose about the need for replacement parkland.

At a hearing in January, some criticized the university for proposing to give the city $1.5 million to repair its former rowing home instead of offering substitute green space for the boathouse it was planning near the Strawberry Mansion bridge.

Temple Senior Vice President Kenneth Lawrence Jr. now has told the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission that it’s now withdrawing the proposal for a new boathouse because the university needs to further study its options.

The university’s former rowing home, East Park Canoe House, was declared unsafe and closed in 2008. The school’s rowers have been operating out of tents since then.

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