Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club - Revitalizing Springfield's Riverfront.
The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) launched it’s first youth program from the historic Rockrimmon boathouse at North Riverfront Park in the North End of Springfield in 2012. With the mission to promote river-based activities, develop river access, and encourage recreation in the Greater Springfield metropolitan area, PVRC is poised to put the vision into action.
By the summer of 2013 we brought over 500 youth from the Greater springfield area to the riverfront for healthy physical activity, 40% of which received financial asistance from PVRC
PVRC believes that everyone should have the opportunity to safely explore the river and bike path while seeking to lead a healthy lifestyle. PVRC will serve as a point of access to the river for human powered boats and encourage the healthy use of the Connecticut River Walk & Bikeway.
The boathouse at North Riverfront Park was constructed in 1901 as the Rockrimmon Boat Club. In an effort to restore a piece of history and to make the boathouse more accessible to programming, we are undergoing renovations to major portions of the building.
Your donation will go a long way in helping PVRC fulfill its goal of providing convenient access to healthy choices on the river and bikepath.
For the past five years, PVRC has offered programming with a focus on physical fitness, education and stewardship of the Connecticut River. With updates to the facility and grounds, we strive to significantly expand recreational opportunities for the Greater Springfield metropolitan area: canoeing and kayaking, bike rentals, Riverwalk events, indoor fitness, dragon boating and rowing programs. PVRC also plans to continue it's work with local organizations to offer unique opportunities such as our young parent rowing team, Baystate-PVRC Healthy Prescription, youth leadership training, water safety, and community engagement.
Your donation is very appreciated. Thank you for your support of our unique programs.
PVRC is making a difference in our community:
"Months after breast lumpectomy and radiation therapy, I couldn't lift my left arm above my shoulder; carry anything over 10 pounds or even reach for a glass from the kitchen cupboard. My mammogram and examination demonstrated significant scar tissue. I needed to do something. Then I remembered a conversation I had many years ago with Dr. Anthony Lovell; who told me rowing helps everything… body, mind and soul. So, in March 2013, I started rowing fitness at PVRC. In August, repeat mammogram and examination revealed little to no scar tissue! Now, thanks to funding from the Rays of Hope, I am actively pursuing competitive rowing with the Dragon Boat team and with other breast cancer survivors. PVRC has restored my faith that there is life after breast cancer!"
Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Surivor Team
"When you are out on the water with a group of kids, all of the things that separate you disappear.
You are all working towards the common goal of moving the boat across the water as fast as possible and everyone wants to do their best ... that is something that makes rowing so special"
- Youth Rower
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