Outdoor Classroom Rental

We appreciate your interest in Community Boating Center (CBC) for your class, party, or event. Proceeds from special events are used to support our youth programs and free public events that enhance the lives of those that live, work, and play in Providence. To ensure that you have an exciting, fun, and safe event, please read these policies carefully.

Our outdoor classroom offers spectacular waterfront views for classes, parties, or events. This unique community resource is available for rental as an integral component of our mission of providing community outreach as a non-profit organization.

Affordable Rates, Free View

Our outdoor classroom rental is a great way to escape from the office, spare your home from party preparation, or make a challenging meeting shine with the sparkle of our waterfront location.

  • Outdoor classroom and/or meeting space for under 50 people
  • Built-in, terraced seating
  • Sailebration! – optional skippered sailing for any party or group (cruise, learn-to sail, race options available)
  • FREE waterfront views (not responsible for sailing daydreamers)

CBC Member Rates

  • 1/2 Day (1-3 hrs.), $75
  • Full Day (3-6 hrs.), $150

Organizations and Individuals

  • 1/2 Day (1-3 hrs.), $150
  • Full Day (3-6 hrs.), $300


Please view our Sailebration! group or VIP skippered sailing options (additional fee)

BIG News!

Community Boating Center (CBC) recently got bigger – actually doubling our waterfront. CBC has made great progress in our commitment to revitalizing the waterfront and growing hands-on sailing in Providence. Our quest to maximize our presence and programs in India Point Park with a deep-water pier and public shade shelter has come to life. CBC has revitalized the city-funded rehabilitation of the existing pier and installed a commercial-grade sail shade structure to serve as an outdoor classroom and public event space.

Additionally, this unique and artistic design attracts attention to CBC and our programs as a beacon of activity in India Point Park – highly visible to hundreds of thousands of motorists passing by on re-routed I-195. In combination with CBC’s existing building, floating dock, and fleet, the reconstructed pier and shade sail structure has allowed for new initiatives including keelboat programs, facility rentals, and sailing experience packages all running concurrently at CBC.

Compliment To Growth of Providence

Expanded use of India Point Park by CBC is perfectly timed and positioned to compliment other exciting development initiatives on the Providence waterfront. We look forward to continue to help connect boating and maritime activities to newly planned riverfront parks, the East Bay Bike Path, and other recreational assets.

Community Boating Center (CBC) and hundreds of community members work together to create a safe place for children to learn, grow and develop a positive sense of self – through sailing. Above and beyond, we have created a structure for broad-based community participation and continue to develop strategies to act as catalysts for long-term community investment – including “Sailebration” sailing events.

Community Support

In Providence, a broad-based community coalition was behind the construction of our new ShadeSail structure; a proper “sail raising” created a much-needed space for local community groups and companies to gather in India Point Park. The project serves three goals: 1) Bring the community together, 2) Build a sun-safe “ShadeSail” structure, 3) Create a safe space for children and families to gather.

The project was founded by caring community members working alongside staff members of organizations as diverse as Community Boating Center, Providence Parks and Recreation, PASA, and various local schools. Every committee involved in the planning process, from food to fundraising, took into consideration the well being of our community’s children in every decision made. Our diversity in terms of agencies, ages and neighborhoods contributes to the reality that grassroots efforts are at the heart of any movement to create a stronger and more unified city.

Project History

The desire for increased connection to the waterfront and sheltered outdoor meeting spaces was first identified in neighborhood Charettes and “Public Spaces” meetings hosted by the City of Providence and local community groups. In Spring 2008, the Community Boating campus expansion proposal, including provision of a shade shelter, was unanimously approved by Mayor Cicilline and the Board of Parks Commissioners.

Community stakeholders including Providence Parks and Recreation Department, The Friends of India Point Park, the Providence After School Alliance and local school groups were consulted and afforded an opportunity to contribute to the project design. Additionally, Community Boating children were asked to submit their dream ShadeSail use drawings to incorporate their ideas into the final programming plan. All interested parties were given the opportunity to ask questions and volunteer to play an integral part in the ShadeSail design process.