Reopening Plan and Updates

  • The Dragon Boat festival has been postponed. The new date will be September 26, 2020. The actions we take now will determine if that event can be held this fall.

  • The June 6th Learn To Row Day has been cancelled.

  • On May 25, Massachusetts enters Phase 1 of “reopening businesses and imposing workplace safety measures.” 

  • Springfield government deemed PVRC an eligible Phase 1 business with restrictions, thanks to the lobbying efforts of our staff and volunteers*. In his statement, the Mayor said that all Phase 1 reopening plans are “subject to change if things don’t go well.” It has been a long road to get here, and we are excited to be reopening. Everyone’s help will be needed.

  • Here is the entire document which PVRC is following in order to safeguard our employees’ health, your health, and the program’s sustainability. (Translation:  if we screw this up, lives will be affected, and they’ll shut us down).

  • By Saturday at 7am, registration will be open for the first 6 weeks of summer programming.

  • Organized group exercise programs are not permitted in Phase 1, so the Dragon Boat programs will be at-home workouts and/or independent kayaking during practice with staff oversight for safety, hygiene and enforcement. We look forward to Phase 2, when group exercise can commence. This is forecast for late June to early July—again, subject to change. 

  • Rowing programs will be only for those comfortable launching and landing a single scull. Staff role is to be an on-water safety presence, and to handle equipment movement, cleaning, and disinfection. So you do not need to be able to carry a shell by yourself, but once it’s on the water, you need to be in control without endangering yourself, the equipment, or anyone who would approach you to assist (unless it's an emergency). If you have any questions about your rowing abilities, please contact Coach Jones at

  • Overall, in Phase 1, PVRC is a boat rental and storage business with safety monitoring, virtual socialization and a big sign saying “No Public Bathrooms” (unless it’s an emergency).

A few requests:

  • Monday, May 25 at 8am-12pm we are launching Andy’s Kayak Rental**. If you are not designated staff for that morning, please don’t come to NRP to hang out, watch, help, or row. We need to limit the number of people around to avoid congestion. With programming limited and the dragon boat festival’s future uncertain, will need kayak rental income over the summer to keep PVRC afloat. Saturday’s free Grand Opening is a chance to engage new customers.

  • Private boat owners:  Please treat the boathouse as a “boat shed.” If you absolutely must enter the “human side” of the building, there will be a log for you to sign (required for contact tracing), and we ask that you disinfect any surface you must touch with your own cleaning supplies. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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