According to Parks Director Rick Martinez, the previous unit was over 40 years old and had been experiencing major plumbing issues, was not ADA compliant, and was incapable of supporting the growing demand park patrons. The facility had been closed because of plumbing problems since July, 2016.
The new facility, which was purchased through CXT, Inc. and manufactured in Texas, is a pre-plumbed, pre-wired, concrete building that can withstand winds up to 150 mph and meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For improved aesthetics and to minimize long-term maintenance, the walls and roof utilize stamped, colored concrete to simulate barn wood siding and cedar shake roof shingles. Similar units are currently in use at Goose Island State Park.
The unit will increase the capacity of both male and female sides by 50 percent with three toilet fixtures each, add a second handwashing sinks on each side, and also include automated hand dryers, energy efficient LED lighting, a water fountain, and vandal-resistant fixtures. The unit will be delivered ready for service and even include toilet paper on the rolls.
Site work by a contractor is expected to be completed by the end of November with installation of the building estimated to be early to mid-December of this year. The cost of the unit is $170,000, with funding provided through the 2015 Certificate of Obligation.