Sunday, May 27, 2007

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05/26/2007
Pool closed despite heat
By CARL DeNOVIO , For The Saratogian
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Since 1935, the Victoria Pool at Saratoga Spa State Park has served the people of Saratoga and its countless visitors. The first heated pool in the country, built with the support of Franklin Delano Roosevelt himself, is not just a spot to cool off on a hot day, it is yet another piece of Americana in a city filled with history.Traditionally opening its doors to the public on Memorial Day, today the pool sits empty and alone. Spa State Park is active with maintenance workers, golfers, hikers, and other guests. But sitting on the deck of Victoria Pool, the only thing that can be seen is the blindingly white glare off the bone dry cement that for so many Memorial Days would have been home to splash fights, Marco Polo, and cannonballs.Only two years after the state spent $1.5 million to renovate the pool and its surrounding facilities, and with temperatures approaching 90, Louise Goldstein, co-founder of the Save the Victoria Pool Society, can only wonder why the only two public pools in Saratoga Springs, including the Peerless Pool, also in Spa State Park, are not yet open - plans are to not open the pool until June 23, consistent with recent years.Goldstein, 66 years old and a native Saratogian, has gone as far as to start a petition, which she plans to present to state senators, assemblymen, and parks officials this weekend at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's grand reopening celebration, aimed at getting the pool open as soon as possible - within a week - she hopes.If the pool was open, she says, "I guarantee you there would be 500 people here this weekend."Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Spokeswoman Eileen Larrabee disagrees, though. According to Larrabee, between 2000 and 2003 when the pool opened on Memorial Day, attendance averaged as low as between nine-to-10 people a day. This was before renovations took place in 2005."We don't understand why the pool's not opening till the end of June," said Goldstein. "Why miss a third of the summer?"Goldstein has gathered more than 100 signatures both in person and online through the Web site gopetition.com to "lobby our appointed and elected New York State Parks Department officials to stop letting the Victoria Pool sit empty," and that the pool "should be opened as soon as possible."While Larrabee said she "truly appreciates (Goldstein's) advocacy and enthusiasm," it is simply not possible to open the pool right now. With maintenance procedures currently underway at the pool, including painting the pool and resealing the deck. Unfortunately, according to Larrabee, the time of year when these things are able to be done coincides with the time of year when the pool would, in the past, have been opened, causing the delay.Goldstein claims that the reason for the delay in opening is that the Office of Parks is choosing to wait until schools close before opening, since much of their revenue comes from children. This, she states, is "ridiculous" and that while the pool is closed during the early summer weeks, those same children are spending their weekends going to places like Lake George and The Great Escape and other area attractions when they could be coming to the Spa State Park and spending their money in Saratoga, boosting local economies rather than going elsewhere.If they opened the pool now, Goldstein said, "it would pay for itself 10 times - a million times - over. ... Open that pool, now. It can be filled and opened within a week, and the weather could not be better."

6 comments:

Boxer said...

Now that the pool hasn't opened for Memorial Day, what is your next hope?

Anonymous said...

While looking through some of the comments people left on your petition page, I noticed where some of them want the Peerless Pool open now too. Don't you think that's a little extreme seeing as how that has never opened on Memorial Day weekend in its entire history? Also, as you so plainly put it, the Peerless caters to school children, school isn't over yet. The Victoria Pool is one thing, but the Peerless...come on.

GraceFoster said...

Ignorance is bliss I suppose and that has truly shown through on your assinine petition. The people who signed it are only listening to your side of the story and I am sure that is a very jaded side. The ridiculous comments that they have made only prove that. Your actions only prove what hypocrites you are. You spew all that bull about protecting the Saratoga Spa State Park for the future generations...HA HA HA! Cry me a river...it was posted on this blog before and it is worth repeating...you are just grown people throwing a tantrum because "your" precious swimming pool isn't open. If you weren't so blind you'd realize that you and and your machinations are only causing more harm than good. If you continue to push the OPRHP officials and others into a corner, they will only come out with their claws and fangs showing...what you are doing is wrong, the way you do it is wrong and your entire society and cause is laughable. Your sense of entitlement is disgraceful...taxpayers taxpayers...BLAH BLAH BLAH! The pool isn't open now and you have been given a reason. It is a reason you don't like so you try to move Heaven and Earth...I feel so sorry for you.

S.S.Skipper said...

My, my.....the tantruming becomes more desperate. Not getting your way, Louise? Aw, too bad, now get over it. The authorities at Parks know what is best. You don't see the financial or operational side of running the park. You have bullied your way in the past, but those days are over. Find another silly crusade. As usual, you probably won't post this.

save the victoria pool society said...

We welcome all comments and always have since 2003.
Save the Victoria Pool Society

Anonymous said...

That is a lie. I have submitted comments that you did not post. You can lie to the public, but I know the truth since it was my comments that were not posted. I have spoken with other, too, and some of their remarks were not posted either. If it hits too close to home and you don't want the public to know the truth, you either delete or ignore the comment. You are full of it!