ONSET – The Buzzards Bay Coalition and the town of Wareham have received a $350,000 grant from the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council to restore the historic Onset Bathhouse to serve as the headquarters for the coalition’s developing Onset Bay Center.

Located next to Onset Pier, Onset Beach, and nearby Wickets Island, the Onset Bay Center will provide on-the-water exploration programming for thousands of people every year, according to a news release. The center will help community members of all ages build a connection with Buzzards Bay through activities such as sailing, paddling, shellfishing and shoreline ecology.

The coalition is working with Wareham to rehabilitate the bathhouse to serve as a headquarters, community learning center and boat storage facility for the Onset Bay Center. The coalition will transform the 19th century bathhouse into a 21st century facility that both honors its original intent while actively providing additional educational and community services.

Construction on the Onset Bathhouse is expected to begin after Labor Day, with a goal to bring the Onset Bay Center to life in time for summer 2019. The Coalition is working to raise $5.3 million to make the Onset Bay Center vision a reality.