Remains of the torn down boat house from the 1996 Olympics

The boat houses built for the 1996 Olympic Games are now gone.

Ground will be officially broken on Friday, August 12, for the new Boathouse facility at Lake Lanier Olympic Park and the public is invited. It will take place at 10 a.m.

“Things are moving along very well,” said Robyn Lynch, director of tourism for the City of Gainesville. “The boathouse has been removed and the site is being prepped and cleaned up for the official groundbreaking.”

The Lake Lanier Rowing Club and the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club are working out of mobile offices on site. Events are continuing to take place at the park, including the Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

“We’re right on schedule and are very pleased with the work being done,” Lynch said.

The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2023.

For more information about the improvements at the park, visit