The 2011 summer season will mark a new era for Green Pond Marina with the opening of the Green Pond Yacht Club. On Saturday, May 14, the club hosted an open house for members, potential members and the community at large. An opening date has not been set but the club is slated to be open by summer.
The 2011 summer season will mark a new era for Green Pond Marina with the opening of the Green Pond Yacht Club.
On Saturday, May 14, the club hosted an open house for members, potential members and the community at large. An opening date has not been set but the club is slated to be open by summer.
General Manager Kristin Boon said the club will benefit the entire community, by operating year-round.
“We hope to have a nice mix of summer and year-round residents,” she said. “We see this as a place where people can also hold Christmas parties and off-season gatherings.”
Located on the corner of Menauhant and Acapesket Road, the club is the former home of owner and commodore Harry Turner, and has been renovated to include a bar and dining area for members. There is also an enclosed deck overlooking Green Pond.
Boon added that the majority of members live nearby.
“Half the neighborhood has already signed up. They’re excited to have a place they can walk to and see their neighbors and socialize,” she said.
Turner now lives two houses over from the club, and said he is committed to maintaining a quiet, family-oriented club. In January, when Turner sought a liquor and victualler license from the Board of Selectmen, he chose not to seek an entertainment license out of concern for his neighbors.
“We decided to make it a private club because it’s easier to control membership that way,” Turner said.
Turner has also offered the use of six new Optimist sailboats to the Falmouth High School sailing team free of charge. Previously, the team rented boats from Falmouth Yacht Club.
“They’ve been using the boats since their season started May 9,” he said. “They’re a really nice bunch of kids and their instructor Kristina Woods is wonderful. They’re great to have around.”
The club also features an education center, which will provide sailing and power boating classes. The center is named for Bill and Suzie Bauknecht, former longtime owners of the house and Green Pond Seafood.
Turner and his friend, K.C. Clarkson of the Falmouth Police Department, decided the club would be the perfect addition to the marina. Clarkson, who owns Kentri Developments, was the general contractor for the project and also serves as vice commodore.
The club features many recycled materials, such as flooring from the Worcester Shoe Factory and oak boards from the USS Constitution. The double teak border around the bar is from the Harvard Library.
“Our goal is for this to be a nice place where a family can come and enjoy a great meal and the beautiful view,” Turner said. “The focus is on family and boating.”