Chestertown Waterfront Development Update

Major improvements and additions are currently underway along the Chester River waterfront. With the Chestertown Marina going through a transformational revitalization and a new boathouse facility under construction on property owned by Washington College, the Chester River has not seen this much development in several years. 

Marina Interpretive Center

The new facility is being constructed at the Chestertown Marina on a site located right behind the Fish Whistle parking lot. Called the Marina Interpretive Center, this new facility replaced a small, derelict warehouse. The Interpretive Center, when complete will serve as a waterfront welcome center, with a small store for boaters, restrooms, and shower facilities. 

Chestertown Marina

The Chestertown Marina is taking on a new shape as crews continue to make significant improvements to the aged property. Earlier in the winter, a new boat ramp and bulkhead was installed along the west side of the marina. Recently, the finger piers were removed and dredging commenced. The goal is to dredge to a depth of 6 feet to accommodate larger boats. Upon completion, the new replacement piers will extend farther into the Chester River. 

In addition, the Fish Whistle restaurant announced their intention to expand their waterfront porch and install a crab deck which came about when the Town of Chestertown agreed to give the Fish Whistle an easement onto town owned land. This project has exemplified how we all benefit from public-private partnerships. 

New Washington College Boathouse

In 1971, the College acquired a warehouse on the banks of the Chester River to use as a boathouse. Nearly four decades, several nationally ranked crew and sailing seasons, and expanded student programs later, Washington College is building a $5 million state-of-the-art boathouse and waterfront campus. Hodson Boathouse will be the new base of operations for the colleges waterfront operations and crew and sailing teams. The current facility will be renovated to store shells and rigging.

A new academic building--Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall--was revealed to the community at a groundbreaking ceremony on September 8, 2017.

WAC Boathouse
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