The campaign for better bathrooms in the parks moved to the neighborhood social network Nextdoor.com this week and met with a strong positive response.
This is my post:
Paul Ferris, the parks boss holdover from the Bates administration, is testifying at a special council work session Tuesday 4/4 that new bathrooms in Cesar Chavez Park would cost $800,000 apiece. He estimates that new or upgraded bathrooms in 13 parks would cost just shy of ten million.
Ferris’ numbers belong to an era when cars had big tail fins, computers used 5 1/4 inch floppies, and people made copies with carbon paper. Technology has advanced in park bathrooms as in other fields, and prices have nosedived. In recent months I visited a new park bathroom in Lathrop. It had a flush toilet, urinal, and sink for handwashing. It cost the City of Lathrop $52,000 (fifty-two thousand) including installation. I visited another new park bathroom that the National Park Service installed in Pacifica, replacing the porta-potties at the Mori Point trailhead. It had a flush toilet, urinal, and sink for handwashing, and set the NPS back $61,000 (sixty-one thousand). The Navy is installing a similar unit in Monterey. These units are completely odor-free, use solar power, and don’t require sewer hookups.
For $800,000, the City could install brand new park bathrooms with flush toilets and handwashing sinks in every park. If Ferris has his way, the City will spend $100 million in T1 bond money and people will still have nothing but porta-potties in the parks.
For more information, see http://chavezpark.org and plan to attend the T1 workshop on Saturday April 8 at 10 am at the South Berkeley Library, corner of MLK and Russell.
In response, 13 people (to date) thanked me: StevanneAuerbach, Bryce Nesbitt, Linda Franklin, Yvonne Burgess, Nancy Hamill, Norm Gold, David Taylor, Jess Goldberg, Dan Newman, Jennifer Cole, Ellen Franzen, Mona Wagner, Robert Geldman Miriam Maxwell, Trent Pearce, and Claire Mecredy.
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