City of Lowell, Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – For nearly 85 years, a showboat has been at the center of life, leisure and entertainment here in the City of Lowell. Its iconic image continues to represent our community to this very day with events such as the Riverwalk Festival, Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts, Lowell Christmas Festivities and Santa on the Lowell Showboat. The Lowell Showboat and these events has and will create lasting traditions for families and our community for years to come.
It is our shared belief that the current structure built in 1979 has served us well, it has outlived its expected lifespan. As age takes its toll on the fifth version of the Lowell Showboat, we have to reflect on its ability to continue to serve.
With keeping the health, safety and welfare of citizens in mind at all times, we have determined that the current Lowell Showboat will be closed to the public starting January 4, 2017. The Robert E. Lee’s long history and tradition in the community has made this a very difficult decision.
The tradition of Lowell and the Lowell Showboat will continue with your support. Volunteers are working to redevelop Lowell’s Showboat concept into a new and exciting structure. The “Rebuild the Lowell Showboat” committee will be hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall to seek community input on the replacement structure.
Michael Burns Liz Baker
City Manager – City of Lowell Executive Director – Lowell area Chamber of Commerce