Capital SUP loses lease at Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park
The museum’s board of directors decided not to renew the annual lease. The park campus has recently undergone several upgrades and construction of an entertainment pavilion is about to begin. Alice Estrada, president of the museum, said A look at Annapolis that the park campus only has 30 parking spaces, and with expanded programs at the museum, there is often not enough space for paddleboarders and guests. “We have been very grateful for the partnership with Capital SUP over the past four years; however, the park campus is changing, and with limited parking, we had to make some tough decisions,” Estrada said.
Contributing to this decision, the City of Annapolis (which actually owns the property and has a long-term lease with the museum) recently purchased 6 acres of property along the Chesapeake Bay in Elktonia Beach and will turn it into a park. passive. The only parking in the area for this facility will also be on campus in Museum Park.
Kevin Haigis, one of the owners of Capital SUP, was a little surprised. Haigis said A look at Annapolis that the company had been a great partner with the museum and had put in hundreds of volunteer hours each year to ensure the park was well maintained, clean and safe. He couldn’t remember many times when parking was an issue for Capital SUP or the museum.
Capital SUP was relocated five years ago when its owner, the former Sarles and Petrini shipyards, was sold for the South Annapolis Yacht Center development. After a few months of tension, an agreement was reached with the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park will operate out of Ellen Moyer Nature Park.
Capital SUP has been instrumental in bringing some of the underserved youth in the community onto the water through their Live Water programs. They also offer camps, group paddles, special events, lessons and rentals.
Fortunately, Capital SUP has the concession for canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, and memberships will be honored there.
With Labor Day having come and gone in 2023, the Capital SUP season is coming to an end over the next few weeks. They are open at both locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, weather permitting. The lease expires at the end of September 2022 when they will vacate the property on Edgewood Road and then the search for a new base will continue.
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