The Dayton Rowing Foundation, a nonprofit, has been working on a vision plans for about a decade to bring indoor rowing facilities to Island MetroPark, officials said.
The Greater Dayton Rowing Association built the boathouse at Island Park in 1994.
The new 2,500-square-foot addition will be constructed next to the existing boathouse and will have indoor rowing machines for training and conditioning. The facility will have large windows and a wrap-around deck.
The plan is to begin construction in 2020. This would coincide with the completion of the Keowee Street Bridge project, which also will enhance the on-water rowing experience, Wall said.
The foundation has raised seed money to support the hydraulic and site testing as well as architectural and engineering work, Wall said.
The rowing club, which relies on membership fees and donations, is open to the public. People pay a fee to access boats and rowing equipment. The association offers learn-to-row classes every spring and summer to teach people the activity and be comfortable and safe on the water.