Post Number: 6
|Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 03:59 pm: |
Please tell me if the city has a plan to install a restroom at Bever Bend Park. The park appears to be built for family use ie. playground, many picnic tables, BBQ's, pavillion. It is impossible to spend a long period of time at this park with little ones needing to use the restroom. I am discouraged from using this great park for family gatherings because of the lack of restroom facilities. This is something that really should be considered so families can make longer use of the park. Especially with a toddler section of the playground. Seems like a large oversight that needs correcting.
Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec
Post Number: 370
|Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 11:53 am: |
Thank you for sending your note regarding the Beavers Bend park site.
Specifically to your question, there are not plans to install a restroom at Beavers Bend Park. This is an issue that has received quite a bit of attention over the years. Unfortunately, restrooms tend to be a target for vandals; therefore they must be built extremely durable. This durability increases the cost of the initial installation and the cost of the long term maintenance and operation as well. Most Neighborhood Parks are used by the residents that live in fairly close proximity to the park and have the ability to go home if a restroom facility is needed.
Due to Beavers Bend being larger than most neighborhood parks, a restroom facility could have accounted for 15% of the overall budget, requiring a reduction elsewhere in the park. In other Neighborhood Parks, the cost could be closer to 25%-30% of the overall budget. The long term operation and maintenance cost would be greater per user for a restroom in a neighborhood park versus a restroom that may be in a Community Park. This is because a restroom in a neighborhood park would receive far fewer users which would also increase the probability for vandalism and undesirable activities to occur there.
With all this considered, the Frisco Parks and Recreation Board has decided, that the costs far out weigh the benefit of having restrooms in neighborhood parks. Most, if not all cities in the metroplex choose not to include bathrooms in their Neighborhood Parks as well.
If you have any additional questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me.
Parks Planning & Business Development Superintendent