New bathrooms near the playground in Hart Park may replace the portable stall that stands there now if a city proposal is approved. The bathrooms would be in a small building near the playground parking lot and would provide relief for parents and kids using the playground as well as concert attendees at the Rotary Stage nearby.
Parks and Forestry Superintendent Ken Walbrant said the Board of Parks and Forestry Commissioners approved a design and engineering proposal from Engberg Anderson totaling $46,350, including fees for Graef Inc. and Harwood Engineering. The expenditure would need committee and Common Council approval. The cost of construction would be a separate outlay.
William Robison of Engberg Anderson said the plan started as a multiuse facility, with bathrooms and a small kitchen and service area, but the need for restrooms was seen by parks commissioners as paramount, and the service area was eliminated in favor of second fixtures in the men's and women's bathrooms. A family restroom also is proposed.
If the project is approved, construction would take place next year. A picnic shelter, lighting, benches, irrigation for the Rotary Stage area, landscaping, and even wayfinding signage coordinated with the Village Business Improvement District are proposed as part of the plan.
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