‘It’s time to rethink and reboot our thoughts’ about the bathhouse building at Tecumseh Park

I would like to see the City of Tecumseh form a citizens committee on how to best move forward concerning the Tecumseh Park (or “Pit”) building.

This building, as you may or may not know, was built in the late ‘60s or early 70s and reflects the look and style of that era with its cut limestone and huge beams that traverse its width. At the time it was built, the function was much different than today, as the city had lifeguards and sold various food items, as well as having a large locker room and bathroom facilities.

However, it’s time to rethink and reboot our thoughts about this diamond in the rough, as to how it could best fit our needs for today. The city has already announced the funding and ideas for replacing the bathrooms and that’s indeed a great start. But here’s where the citizens council comes into play. For example: There is a huge open space area, some of which used to be locker rooms and storage which could be made into an area of meeting space and presentations of any type. I’ve missed a few library presentations because of the small rooms in the basement and this could open another option, etc. Also, I would put this building against any building in town in a weather emergency.

Vandalism has been an issue in the entire history of the Pit and its surrounding landscape, as the building and sledding hills sit alone much of the time. (Another reason to use the building more). This problem is easily solved in today’s world with HD night vision cameras — and with careful study and budget watching we’re talking a couple thousand bucks tops.

With a little imagination you could see anyone from skilled trade teachers, Vo-Tech students, retirees and artists getting involved in this community project, but this is what the citizens council along with the city could discuss.

In closing, this building could easily be in a landfill right now, and after 40 years of neglect it was headed that way. Now is the opportunity to breathe new life into one of our investments that’s paid for and ready for its next chapter.

— Philip Otter
Tecumseh

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