2 pools, bath house reopen at Detroit's Rouge Park

The Associated PressJuly 9, 2014 

Detroit Park Pools

In this photo provided by the Michigan House of Representatives, children accompany two Michigan legislative leaders, House Speaker Jase Bolger, center left, and Rep. Harvey Santana, center right, as they jump into a newly opened Detroit public swimming pool in Rouge Park at a dedication ceremony Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Two Olympic-sized pools and a bath house reopened at the park as part of a $5.5 million renovation project.

MICHIGAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MIKE QUILLINAN — AP Photo

— Two Olympic-sized pools and a bath house have been reopened at Detroit's Rouge Park as part of a $5.5 million renovation project.

Mayor Mike Duggan was joined Wednesday afternoon by ex-Mayor Dave Bing, Republican state House Speaker Jase Bolger and Democratic state Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Afterward, the legislators changed from dress suits to swim suits and joined a group of children jumping into the water.

The pools and bath house at Rouge Park haven't been used in years. Money for the renovation came from donations from the Detroit Recreation Foundation, city funding and a grant from the state. It's part of a broader effort to improve Detroit parks.

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