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The Andersen Enrichment Center and Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Garden were originally dedicated as a pool and bathhouse in the 1940's; a gift of Frank N. Andersen to the City of Saginaw. In 1983, the popular community pool closed and the City began to look for other uses for the site. Concurrently, plans were being made to relocate the beloved formal rose garden which was located atop the City's underground potable water supply reservoirs.
In 1990, a landscape architect was retained by the City to develop a master plan for the Saginaw Parks System. One key charge of that plan was to determine the future of the closed Andersen Pool area. It was decided that it would be possible to repurpose the area into a formal rose garden that would tie into a new cultural center.
Under the direction of the Saginaw Community Enrichment Commission, the pool area renovation plans for the current Andersen Enrichment Center began. Through private donations, and a gift from Frank N. Andersen, the renovation of the bathhouse began in 1991. Using the original concrete walls, the glass block windows and staying with the Art Deco styling that was prominent when first constructed, the City owned building was transformed.
Two years later, on April 7, 1993 the newly christened Andersen Enrichment Center and Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Rose Garden celebrated with its ribbon cutting ceremony.
A pool once filled with children splashing in the water is gone, but in its place is a popular cultural, enrichment and social center. Benefactor and centenarian Frank Andersen attended the opening ceremonies and said, "I never expected to see my namesake building dedicated not once, but twice, in my lifetime. We have done something constructive with an old building rather than tear it down. I am very happy."
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