DETROIT (WXYZ) - A ceremonial cannonball from members of both political parties was part of the grand re-opening of Detroit’s Brennan Pool.
Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and State Representative Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) were part of the group “splash” on Wednesday.
The facility in Detroit’s River Rouge Park has a long and proud history. The U.S. Olympic swim team trials were held in the pools back in 1956. The pools were closed after the 2011 season because of budget problems in the city of Detroit.
The condition of the pools and the pool house, designed by architect Albert Kahn, were deteriorating rapidly when Detroit 2020 featured this tarnished jewel last summer.
Twelve months later, the transformation is stunning.
A public-private partnership, initiated by former Mayor Dave Bing, started the momentum necessary for the project to become a reality.
The Lear Corporation, which pledged $5 million dollars to support recreation and school improvement projects in the city, allocated more than $2 million of that total to restore the pools.
“While we support communities all around the world, this is our home and we feel committed and an obligation to give back,” said Matthew J. Simoncini, President and CEO of Lear Corporation.
The City of Detroit provided $1.1 million for the bathhouse facelift. The state legislature authorized operating funds for the project.
“This is what Detroit’s all about and this is why I’m glad that we’re working in a bi-partisan way to bring solutions to some of these challenges that we have in our city,” said Santana.
Mayor Mike Duggan gave credit to his predecessor and called it a great day for Detroit.
“This is Republicans and Democrats, the last mayor and the current mayor, business and workers all pulling together to do something for the children,” Duggan said.