Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tuomiojärven sauna - The Sauna at Tuomiojärvi

Usually my posts about Jyväskylä have to do with the fact that it is a great little city to live in. This doesn't mean that there isn't room for improvement. Whenever I think about the sauna at Tuomiojärvi I can't help but feel that those who are in charge of this city are awfully short-sighted.

This building which the City of Jyväskylä has chosen to neglect for several years now was at one time a public sauna. For a small fee you could sauna on the shores of a beautiful little lake in the center of town. In my opinion, by allowing this building to sit derelict, the City of Jyväskylä is commiting a cultural crime.

The Jyväskylä Regional Development Company has launched a campaign entitled Sauna From Finland. The purpose of Sauna From Finland is to attract tourists interested in sauna to the Jyväskylä area. Refurbishing this particular sauna would fit in to this particular campaign quite well. Local residents and tourists alike would benefit from a lakeside sauna that is just a 10 euro cab ride from downtown. Getting there on a bicycle takes a matter of minutes.

The sauna at Tuomiojärvi and the beach next to it.

A close up of the sauna, which, as I have mentioned before, is being neglected by "Sauna from Finland" Jyväskylä.

The small building behind it is another sauna, which is operated by the local canoe and kayak group Meloiloa Ry. For just 35 euros you can rent it for three hours so until the city gets their act together (which is of course highly unlikely) you can sauna by the lake, at least during the summer. Click here for rental information.

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