Petition Closed

Jack's Boathouse is a landmark small-business in the District of Columbia. They offer premiere recreational activities - and it would be a travesty if they had to close!

Jack's Boathouse is a locally-owned small business which has been operating since 1945 on the banks of the Potomac River. Thousands of people enjoy recreational activities organized by Jack's Boathouse - it would be a travesty if it closed!

However, due to "hundreds of emails from citizens concerned with the future of Jack's Boathouse over the last 24 hours," Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service directed regional staff to "withhold further action on the lease termination" until he has conducted a "thorough review and determined the best course of action." Let's hope that this is an open, transparent process and that the public is involved!

See the full story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/jacks-boathouse-eviction-plans-put-on-hold/2012/12/24/148f4edc-4e2c-11e2-950a-7863a013264b_story.html

Stories about the closure:

http://www.georgetowner.com/articles/2012/dec/21/jacks-boathouse-lease-cancelled/

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/NPS-Terminates-Lease-of-Jacks-Boathouse-in-Georgetown-184668831.html

http://dcist.com/2012/12/national_park_service_gives_georget.php

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/jacks-boathouse-loses-lease/2012/12/23/b5950964-4d43-11e2-950a-7863a013264b_story.html

Letter to
National Park Service Steve Whitesell, Regional Director
President of the United States
District Of Columbia State Senate
and 13 others
District Of Columbia State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent C. Gray
Deputy Associate Regional Director Steve LaBel
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis
Department of the Interior
Regional Chief Ranger Will Reynolds
Public Affairs Specialist Margie Ortiz
Associate Regional Director Einar Olsen
Associate Regional Director Peter May
Public Affairs Specialist Toni Braxton
District Of Columbia Governor
On December 18, 2012, Jack's Boathouse, a landmark, locally-owned small business was unceremoniously notified that their lease was being rescinded.

Operating since 1945 on the banks of the Potomac River, offering canoe and kayak rental, Jack's Boathouse has become a favorite destination for Washington, DC's residents.

Despite being promised a three-year lease, the National Park Service has notified Jack's Boathouse must (unfairly) compete in a non-competitive process to win the right to continue operation.

We, fans and devotees of Jack's Boathouse hereby declare our opposition to the closure of Jack's Boathouse.

We also strongly encourage the National Park Service to be fair and complete its review in an open, transparent manner - with participation from the public.