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City may fast-track Central Park restrooms

Central Park may be getting long-awaited permanent restrooms earlier than planned.

Naperville planners told the City Council Tuesday they have been looking for creative ways to build and fund the project.

“We think it’s feasible to be able to do this project and get it up and running and installed in order to have it ready for next year’s concert season,” Director of Transportation, Engineering and Development Marcie Schatz said.

The city recently made other upgrades to the park at 104 E. Benton Ave. such as new seating and improved lighting, but hadn’t planned to add permanent restrooms until fiscal year 2016 at an estimated cost of $328,000. There currently are portable restrooms at the park.

But residents have long been asking for permanent restrooms at the park that hosts Naperville Municipal Band concerts, and Bette Kalina implored the city once again at the council’s May 15 meeting.

“We seniors, families with young children and babies and just plain folks do need to use the facilities from time to time,” she said.

During that meeting Councilman Joe McElroy also urged staff to push up the plans.

“They have such a wonderful facility and to have a situation where sometimes people have to leave the concerts early … it just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Schatz said the city can use the design-build process to more quickly construct a restroom facility, which would be located on the west side of the park. However, it still may have to overcome some storm water issues.

Councilmen agreed staff should return with a formal amendment to the capital improvement budget that moves up the timing of the restroom construction.

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