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Facilities upgrades coming to local parks

Superior to install solar-powered restrooms at Town 9 and Purple Park

4/16/08 Observer
By Mollie Foster
Colorado Hometown Newspapers

By the time the leaves start changing color, Superior residents will have restrooms at Town 9 and Purple Park.

Monday night the town board ― with two new trustees ― approved two resolutions involving the purchase and contracting for the restroom project. The project was originally estimated to cost $249,000 per park restroom, but the town was able to bump the actual cost down to $211,000 for the entire project. The cost of the project includes the purchase of the restroom structures, construction costs for installation and other site work: grading, utilities and landscaping.

The restrooms construction will start May 19, two days after the Superior Days event, which is set to be at Town 9 Park. The project will be done in the fall, and in full-use by August or September, said Juanita Dominguez Superior parks, recreation and open space director.

“Restrooms have always been the number one asked for amenity for the town, as far as past surveys have shown” Dominguez said. “I think it’s great. Purple Park is used for allot of large gatherings and picnics, Town 9 Park has a multipurpose field and those added amenities will be used quite a bit.”

Each park will have one male and one female restroom. The solar-powered restrooms at Town 9 Park and Purple Park will consist of a restroom facility with redrock country ledgestone rock that will match the sandstone found throughout Superior. The siding for Town 9 Park will be birds eye maple to match the color of town hall. Siding for Purple Park will be downing draw siding--matching the Rock Creek fence color. The restroom doors for both parks will be patina green, corner trim, window trim and metal roofing, to match the town hall roof and the roof color of Purple Park shelter. Both parks will have a stainless steel drinking fountain and are flush facilities.

Trustee Eric Rosenfeld asked about the facilities solar powered capabilities and concerns with cloudy days and late-evening activities at the park.  Dominguez assured him that the solar-powered bathrooms will operate properly on cloudy days and could be arranged to stay open past normal hours for special late-evening events.

Glenn Rachak, vice president of Biological Mediation Systems said there’s a minimum of seven days backed up with the LED solar power efficiency.

On March 19, town officials provided information about the project to residents by door hangers distributed to neighbors by both parks. So far, reports stated that four residents expressed their support for the project.
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