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P&R board follows up on restroom plan for Lincoln Park

March 11, 2013
by David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board has been discussing shade structures for Lincoln Park for several months.

At Monday's regular meeting, city administrator Penny Clayton pointed board members in a new direction.

Between the purchase of the shade structures ($9,256), the concrete base construction ($3,600) and the concrete floor construction ($4,000), the project costs come to nearly $17,000. The proposed shade structure, a hypar sail, also would have to be removed and stored during the winter season.

Clayton told the board what most people call and ask about is having a restroom.

"This was originally planned as a neighborhood park," said Clayton. "But with the new playground equipment, it's become more than that."

The Parks and Recreation Board had originally set aside $14,000 for a shade structure at the park. Clayton also said Excel! Estherville had given $10,00 for the project.

For an additional $6,000 to $10,000 more, Clayton calculated the city could install two single stall restrooms attached to a permanent shade structure.

The additional monies would come from a fund, which the board has been putting aside for new tennis courts. However since a second set of tennis courts isn't currently a high priority for Estherville Lincoln Central schools,

The board voted to approve Clayton continuing to research design and costs for the restroom/shade structure at Lincoln Park.

In a second vote, board members sent a recommendation to the Estherville Finance Committee that part of the money set aside for the tennis courts be used for the Lincoln project and the remainder be put toward a planned shelterhouse at Joe Hoye Park.



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