The mission of the BIAC Future Foundation is to secure a permanent home for aquatic enthusiasts circa the Port of Redwood City. This patient and powerful team of leaders has expertise in community relations, real estate development, finance, executive and program management, boathouse operations, and fund raising.
BIAC since 1999 has run a safe and financially buoyant aquatic center that appeals to:
- Adults seeking recreational and
competitive paddling or rowing programs.
- Juniors seeking a supreme athletic
experience with fabulous coaches.
- Community programs for ecotourism and the
restoration of Bair Island.
- Access to and environmentally mitigating use of the waters of the Port of RWC.
BIAC officially began in 1999 with about 100 members and a few dozen assorted rowing shells. Today we have an active membership of over 300 with over 150 rowing and paddling shells on site. We currently lease our land and have several future options:
- Remain at 1450 Maple and expand
into adjacent lots with our noble landlord.
- Cooperate with other clubs and
build a boathouse scheduled for Westpoint Marina.
- Acquire prime real estate and develop a state of the art aquatic center.
If you have interest in the teamwork required to find, fund, and build our future, please contact "Secretary at GoBair dot org". We welcome inquiries from organizations and individuals who share our vision and wish to create a lasting legacy for aquatic sports and the baylands environment.
January 2013 Update:
September 2012 Update:
- The temporary lease on the South Lot (formerly Cemex) has been completed and signed.
- The Dealers Storage Lot is vacated and equipment moved to the South Lot expansion.
- The full Expansion Plans for the South Lot are available on this web site.
October 2011 Update:
- The April/May 2011 effort to expand the
Storage Lot was not successful. The car dealers cannot give
us more space because their dealership licenses require this much
- Today we are working with Planning and
Parks&Rec in Redwood City to propose a modest and soft use on
a temporary basis of the RWC owned former Cemex land along Maple
- We have a draft site plan that we will further refine as we get into the
Planning, Permit, and Execution phases of this proposal.
Ballpark guess could cost $40K to get done.
- You can view our current full 3MB proposal here.
- The most current site proposal drawing is here.
- FF Volunteers and the BIAC Board are working with Redwood City planners for an expanded Use Permit proposal for our Storage Lot. This would allow us to add off street parking and put a ergometer tent in the lot with flooring .
January 2011 Update:
- A basic BIAC Public Relations slide
set about us is now available.
- There is a basic BIAC past, present, and possible future presentation here.
- DMB is moving forward with an EIR for the Saltworks project. DMB is engaging with stakeholders to plan a layout.
- BIAC has identified several local potential 2K courses.
A best course would be 2.2 K long, have
public accessfor viewing, easy rowing and trailer parking access,
flood and tidal control, and serve as a graceful but useful
barrier between industrial, Saltworks, and conservation needs.
- A survey from Redwood City Parks and Recreation puts rowing in the top five of high school after-class interests. Drivers Ed was #1. BIAC is working with Redwood City to respond and provide both high school and at risk youth programs.
September 2009 Update:
- In June of 2009 the BIAC parcel and 3 adjacent properties were purchased from Cemex by
Redwood City (RWC). BIAC was the only occupant allowed to stay on
- BIAC's leadership is now discussing a long term lease with Redwood City.
- BIAC has been granted access to a larger and more convenient storage lot on Maple Ave.
- Redwood City is very interested in "Public Access" to the water. As BIAC has a decade of operational experience, RWC is asking BIAC for proposals on how to continue our mission and possibly expand our footprint and programs further to include options like kayak
- The Salt Works 50/50 plan continues to evolve, and BIAC is an active yet reasonable voice in suggesting that an Aquatic Center be
part of the plan.
- BIAC leaders have hosted many informal gatherings at BIAC and trips around Bair Island with local officials, developers, and consultants whose awareness of the aquatic opportunity on our doorstep is blossoming in a very positive way.
June 2008 Update:
- We continue talks with Cemex for a long term lease or to donate the site to BIAC. Redwood City has issued BIAC an "Ongoing" Use Permit recently.
- We are in talks with Westpoint
Marina on how a full service aquatic center can be built and run.
Mark Saunders desires >500 members for paddling and rowing.
- The Salt Works project has long term promise. We have drafted a proposal to the developers (DMB) and they are willing to include entitlement for an aquatic center if BIAC can support some of their potential roadblocks along the way. This means initially supporting a 50/50 development policy and later challenging the upcoming Open Works Initiative in the Fall of 2008.
May 2007 Update:
We now move into a phase to