2003-10-31 / Community

Riis Park Bathhouse to Reopen

By Brendan Brosh
Riis Park Bathhouse to Reopen By Brendan Brosh

Riis Park Bathhouse
to Reopen

Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced the final phase in reopening the Riis Park Bathhouse. The construction will include renovations on the bathhouse’s interior, boardwalk and concessionaire areas. The funding, amounting to $4.2 million, is part of a gradual facelift for the Gateway National Recreation Area (GNRA).

"The restored bathhouse will greatly improve the amenities of the people," said Weiner. "It will improve the experience of beachgoers."

Among the areas of improvement are a landscaped courtyard to provide areas of shade, new restrooms and the replacement of skylights.

"We’re very excited about reopening the bathhouse for public use," said Chris Soller, GNRA Unit Superin­tendent for Jamaica Bay. "There’ll be more concessions and expanded concession services."

Portions of the pavilion are to be completed by the fall of 2004 while entire renovation is expected to finish by the summer of 2005.

It is hoped that the entry pavilion will be opened year round. Com­munity groups will be able to access the building and hold meetings. The theater will also be able to hold small concerts. "The pavilion isn’t just for visitors crossing the bridge, it’s for Rockaway people as well," said Weiner.

As for traffic concerns, Congress­man Weiner doesn’t think the renovated bathhouse will lead to an increase of cars in the neighborhood. "The beach is still the draw."

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