Work begins on park restrooms
The Johnny on the Jobs are on their way out.
At Tonganoxie's Chieftain Park, by the time soccer season starts, park-goers will have a restroom building at their disposal.
"It's about time," said Mark Zerrer, director of Tonganoxie Recreation Commission.
The structure, which measures 30-by-12 feet, will include two stalls in both restroom areas.
As a measure to ward off vandalism, the building was strategically built at the west edge of the park.
"It's right in the middle of the park and fairly close to Main Street," Zerrer said. "We also plan to put some lights around it."
And, the restroom will feature automatic locking exterior doors.
"There will be automatic mechanical doors that will be opened at a certain time early in the morning and will be closed at a certain time late in the evening," Zerrer said.
Cost of the structure will be about $30,000, Zerrer said.
General contractor Jim McCaffrey, Tonganoxie, said that, unlike some of the other park projects, which were constructed with the help of volunteers, the restrooms are being built by paid workers.
This caps off new park projects, at least for the time being, Zerrer said.
Since the city acquired the property in the late 1990s, improvements have included soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, playground equipment and a walking/running trail, complete with exercise stations.
The park is heavily used, by schools and area residents of all ages.
Zerrer said the city has been fortunate to have received some grant money for various park projects, including $40,000 toward the walking trail and $10,000 toward the soccer field.
And of course local residents and businesses have been big supporters.
"We're getting ready to put a plaque and stone up in the park to recognize some groups that helped with the creation of the park, and part of that's volunteer work and donations," Zerrer said.