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Group Wants To Restore NY State Park's 1930s-Era Bathhouse

Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

  An effort is underway in Saratoga Springs to obtain funding to rebuild a Depression-era bathhouse and re-open it as a wellness center. 

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that a new organization named after the Coesa mineral spring in Saratoga Spa State Park has applied for state funding to reopen the Roosevelt II bathhouse.

The group says it will take more than a half-million dollars to get the 80-year-old building into shape. Last week, the Saratoga Springs City Council voted to support the group's application for state funding.

The bathhouse is near Roosevelt I, which remains a working bathhouse. Both opened in the mid-1930s when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. The former New York governor believed Saratoga should have European-style spas.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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