Council OKs $1.6M in park restroom improvements

November 29, 2018 GMT

Rotary Park and London Bridge Beach restrooms will get a facelift in 2019 after Lake Havasu City Council approved a $1.6 million project.

City Council members during their Tuesday meeting awarded the $1,611,050 project bid to Kingman-based T.R. Orr, Inc. The bid was the lowest of two but was still $60,760 more than what was estimated in the city’s budget for the project last year.

The project includes improvements in painting and fixtures to some of the six existing restrooms at both parks, structural upgrades, including some expansions and new roofs, plumbing work and building a seventh restroom near the Rotary ballpark.

During big events, city officials have had to shut down restrooms and bring in portable restrooms because the plumbing is so bad it can’t handle heavy traffic. The project also includes required upgrades to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations

Councilman Gordon Groat said residents have told him the bathrooms at Rotary Park near the ballfields need improvement. Dustin Salisbury, Havasu project manager, said there will be a new restroom in that area. The old restroom will become a family restroom and a storage area.

The new restroom will account for $324,600 of the $1.6 million.

Councilwoman Jeni Coke said she and her husband frequent both parks to go running. She said they also jog at other community parks when they travel to different cities. She said the city park restrooms need the improvements and park visitors deserve better amenities.

“We always say Rotary Park is the gem of our community but if you go down there and you use some of our facilities we are lackluster in those types of facilities,” Coke said. “It is time that we bring them up to code and make them as nice of amenities as we want people to believe that we can have and offer here.”

At the recommendation of city staff, council members approved using funds originally budgeted for the Rotary Community Park expansion land acquisition project to cover the cost of the restroom project above what had been budgeted. Froslie said the land acquisition project, where the city was planning to buy state land at Body Beach, was put on hold. The city instead will enter another long-term lease once the current one expires at the end of 2021 because there were no immediate plans to develop the land and land values are too high.