Anchoring Boathouse Row on the Oklahoma River, the Devon OCU Boathouse provides state-of-the-art training facilities for the nation’s elite rowing, canoeing, and kayaking athletes, as well as providing a home to Oklahoma City University’s rowing team. The new Boat District provides greater Oklahoma City community new opportunities to enjoy recreational activities along the banks of the Oklahoma River.
Mike Knopp, head rowing coach for Oklahoma City University and executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, said the Oklahoma River is an anchor for community activities and youth programs. Kayak rentals, bicycle rentals, fitness classes and recreational trails are open to the public through the OKC RIVERSPORT program.
“The more elite training functions will occur out of the Devon Boathouse due to its offerings for high performance training,” Knopp explained, adding that those taking classes through OKC RIVERSPORT can enjoy training in the state-of-the-art indoor propulsion rowing tank at the new $10 million, 33,000-square-foot Devon Boathouse. The boathouse is home to OCU’s rowing and canoe/kayak teams and OKC National High Performance Center programs through US Rowing and US Canoe/Kayak.
Meeting and event spaces at the new boathouse are open to the public. The Devon Boathouse will feature two levels of event space including a second floor viewing room. Tony Cancemi, private event manager for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, said he booked more than a dozen events as soon as he began taking reservations last month.