White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas is a wonderful example of biodiversity in the midst of urban sprawl. The objective of this blog is to promote White Rock Lake as a destination, to capture the essence and beauty of the lake, and to portray it as the living, breathing organism that it is.
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Boathouse at White Rock Lake
While walking, running or
cycling at White Rock Lake in Dallas, it's not unusual to hear shouts of
encouragement coming from the water as rowers from the White Rock Boathouse skim by in their sleek boats,
closely shadowed by their bull-horn toting coaches in small motor boats.
The image below is of women's crew of eight rowers with the coxswain on the far left hand side, training at White Rock Lake. Downtown Dallas can be seen in the distance.
Rowing is becoming a popular sport at White Rock Lake in Dallas
Open water rowing is fast becoming a popular sport at the lake due largely to the efforts of The White Rock Boathouse whose facilities include three buildings on the southwest shore of White Rock Lake: The Filter Building, The Boomerang and the new White Rock Boathouse.
The historic Filter
Building is located on the southwest shore of White Rock Lake
The historic Filter Buildingis located on the southwest shore of White Rock Lake. It's a beautiful illustration of the urban industrial style of the 1920’s. The building features red brick walls, original iron trusses, and some of the windows offer breathtaking views of the lake.
In the image below, the shadow of the railing is such that it gives the impression that the walkway has steps when it fact it is a gradient with no steps whatsoever.
Another view of the Filter House at White Rock Lake in Dallas
White Rock Boathouse provides rowing lessons and also promotes rowing as a
sport in local high schools in and around Dallas.
A rowing crew hard at work, with their coaches alongside
The Boomerang is a 36-birth boathouse built in the art
deco-style by the City of Dallas in 1930. It is located on T & P Hill at
White Rock Lake. The architects were Carsey & Linskie. The Boomerang
is the primary staging area for the recreational rowing offered by The White
Rock Boathouse, Inc., and is used for rowing scull storage and launching.
This art deco-style boathouse was built in 1930
The new White Rock Boathouse is home
to 6 different programs, including the SMU men and women teams and the Jesuit
The rowing facilities are operated by The
White Rock Boathouse, Inc., a non-profit corporation with a mission of creating
opportunities for the citizens of Dallas to experience the sport of rowing and
other paddle sports in a safe, professional and enjoyable way. Their
website can be found here: http://whiterockboathouse.com