Modern, Energy-Efficient Structure Will Replace Outdated Facility Originally Built in the '60s
Project Will Enhance Pool Facility to Better Serve Young Families and Create More Green Space
Victoria Pool to Extend Summer Swimming Season with Reduced Admission Fee
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that construction on a new $2.9 million project to replace the outdated Peerless Pool Bathhouse complex at Saratoga Spa State Park will begin this month. Due to the failing condition of the pool complex, and to ensure the safety of all visitors, rehab will begin on August 14. The project, which is expected to be completed in time for swimming season in summer 2018, will create more green space near the pool complex and provide updated and improved facilities for pool visitors. Peerless Pool construction is funded by Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 initiative to rejuvenate the state park system.
"A premier destination in the Capital Region, this historic bathhouse will be restored and modernized to meet the needs of both summer residents and the area's growing tourism industry," Governor Cuomo said. "New York will continue to provide the very best summer recreation at Saratoga Spa State Park, and by offering more outdoor space and an improved experience for pool enthusiasts of all ages, the new Peerless Pool will be a treasure for generations to come."
Originally built in 1962, the current bathhouse is oversized, in poor condition, and difficult to navigate, especially for young children. Construction will begin later this month to replace the bathhouse with a new facility that is one-third smaller, allowing for the creation of more green space around the pool. This will also improve the bathhouse layout for visitors to navigate, while providing expanded changing areas and bathrooms, including family bathrooms.
Other features include:
- New entrance plaza and courtyard with new benches, bike racks, lighting and landscaping;
- A large shade canopy and three covered shelters available for public rental;
- Enhanced sightlines for lifeguards from the office to the swimming areas; and
- Improved bathhouse accessibility for people with disabilities.
"For decades, the Saratoga Spa State Park's Peerless Pool has been the place for countless families to cool off and have fun, and it's time we renew this popular facility," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "The project is another big step forward in preserving and improving our exceptional state park system, which is crucial to community vitality as well as our tourism industry and economy. I'm grateful to Governor Cuomo for providing the resources to modernize the bathhouse, which will improve the public's experience at the pool for many years to come."
The Peerless Pool Complex, consisting of the main Olympic-sized pool, waterslide pool, and children's wading pool and fountain, attracts over 30,000 visitors on average a year.
To ensure the project is complete by summer 2018, the Peerless Pool will close August 14 for construction to begin. Swimming will be extended at the Victoria Pool in Saratoga Spa State Park past Labor Day and will remain open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 17. The admission fee at the Victoria Pool beginning August 14 and for the remainder of this season will be reduced to $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. In addition, Moreau Lake State Park in Northern Saratoga County is open through Labor Day.
The park improvements reflect Governor Cuomo's commitment to revitalizing the state park system and expanding access to outdoor recreation. The Governor's NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding for State Parks from 2011 to 2020. The 2016-17 State Budget allocates $120 million toward this initiative.
Senator Kathy Marchione said, "Saratoga Spa State Park is a recognized jewel in our outstanding State Park system. Today's announcement of the new $2.9 million rehabilitation of the Peerless Pool complex at Saratoga Spa State Park represents a major investment by our state to keep this jewel shining brightly for the enjoyment of Capital Region families, children and all New Yorkers. While I am disappointed that the pool will be closing early, and strongly advocated for it to remain open, Commissioner Harvey shared with me the incredibly tight timetable the Office of Parks is operating under to ensure these necessary improvements get done, get done right, and get done in time for next season. The improvements are big, significant and will make a positive difference for Peerless Pool. I thank the Governor for his continued support of Saratoga Spa State Park and welcome this funding and improvements."
Assemblyman Carrie Woerner said, "Investing in state parks preserves our environment, supports our local tourism industry, and benefits the families of Saratoga and Washington counties. I thank Governor Cuomo and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for their commitment to Saratoga Spa State Park and the Saratoga community."
City of Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen said, "Keeping the partnership strong between the City and the State is critical for achieving major goals such as trails, outdoor recreational amenities, open space preservation and historic preservation, and to providing the unique and very desirable quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike."