Earlier this week, we were excited to share the news that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) awarded Speedboard with the historic Coachman’s House Complex in Maudslay State Park right here in Newburyport! As you can imagine, we were very pleased with the award and the subsequent praise we received from the DCR Commissioner Edward K. Lambert, Jr,
“Speedboard USA’s reuse proposal not only addresses the long term historic preservation needs of this important cultural resource, it also compliments DCR’s mission to encourage healthy outdoor recreational activity.”
We’re planning on using the Coachman’s House Complex as the new Speedboard corporate headquarters, as well as creating a new SUP training facility courtesy of its waterside access to the Merrimack River. Through the training facility, Speedboard will be able to offer introductory and advanced SUP training programs.
When completed based on our plans, this project will represent a true innovation for the sport of SUP. We will be able to further our research and design efforts for new Speedboard products, but also be in a terrific position to host local SUP races into downtown Newburyport! And with rumors of SUP becoming an Olympics demonstration sport in 2016 (can anyone say Rio de Janeiro?), Speedboard will be in the unique position of providing athletes with a dedicated SUP facility, where they focus their training and maximize their performance on the water.
Keep your eyes on this site for progress on the Maudslay facility as we currently anticipate opening the facility in spring 2014.