New washrooms coming to Stirling’s Henry Street Park are over budget, but expected to be ready for summer use

Henry Street Park has had closed bathrooms for the last five years, with porta-potties serving in the meantime. The new bathrooms will cost the township over $54,000, more than the council wanted to spend. Emma Persaud photo

Stirling-Rawdon’s council is looking to reopen the bathrooms in Henry Street park, but is balking at the price tag.

The council budgeted $50,000 to update the male and female designated bathrooms, but have been told it will be $54,646.80 after taxes from construction company Jeffery G Wallans.

The updates include making the washrooms accessible with a ramp and aligning it with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005. CAO Roxanne Hearns told council the increased price is expected and can be reduced through finding other people or volunteers to do some of the work.

“We might be able to save a little bit on that if we know someone who could do some painting or some cleaning or, you know, someone who could do those things a little bit cheaper.”

The washrooms have been closed for the last five years and have instead been replaced with porta-potties. Hearns explained this was due to the bathrooms needing severe upgrades.

“We need to replace everything that’s in there. They’re in very bad shape. That’s why they’ve been shut down for so long.”

She also reminded the council of issues with vandalism in previous washrooms, and that they will need to be kept locked at night.

Regardless of the increased cost, council decided the washrooms are a necessary part of the park and Mayor Bob Mullin said it’s time to get it underway.

“This is a project we’ve been wanting for a number of years,” he said. “It’s great to finally mention it again.”

Now that it has been approved, the work will begin in June and the bathrooms are estimated to be ready for summer use.

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