City of Albany looks to replace Bowman Park restrooms

Reported by the Albany Democrat Herald, Kyle Odegard.

The Albany Parks and Recreation Department will apply for a grant from the Oregon Marine Board to replace the restroom building at Bowman Park.

The grant, if approved, would fund 75 percent of the project cost of nearly $116,000. The city would match 25 percent of the cost, which could include labor, equipment and materials.

-If awarded, the project could be completed this summer. “We’ll know by sometime in June whether we’ve been successful,” said Ed Hodney, Albany Parks and Recreation director.

The bathrooms, built thanks to a state grant, are more than 35 years old. The building is not connected to the parking lot with a paved path, is not wheelchair-accessible, and has problems with mold and mildew.

Hodney said the restrooms also are tucked back into the park and hidden from view, which leads to vandalism and other problems.

The new bathrooms would be adjacent to the parking lot, and be American Disabilities Act compliant.

Oregon Marine Board staff suggested the city apply for the grant, Hodney said.

“They had plans and drawings on their books. This has been a project identified by the Marine Board for quite some time,” he added.


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