“Residents will be happy to have more restrooms available and in a more central location in the park,” said Parks & Recreation Director Chris Hazeltine. “I think families enjoying the park and ball players needing a quick break between innings will be particularly ‘relieved’ when they see these new facilities.”
The previous restroom location at Pine Avenue Park was a bit of a trek for those using the ball fields at the southern edge of the park.
The new restrooms are located in the park’s center, next to the ball field, so they will better serve all the park’s users.
“This new building will have more toilets per side, and the building is block-filled with concrete so it should hold up better than the old modular one,” said Mark Steyaert, park development manager with the Carlsbad Parks & Recreations Department. The new building also includes storage compartments for leagues to stash their equipment, which is a big advantage over the old building.
The two restrooms in a trailer next to the senior center will be closed to the public now that the new facilities are open.
The city used a cheaper approach to installing the new restroom building. Trucks delivered the building in sections and a crane hoisted the heavy pieces into place at the park. Then work crews connected them to utility lines and poured new surrounding concrete to complete the project. Steyaert said the process saved Carlsbad taxpayers’ money by eliminating design costs. The time it takes to install a prefab building is faster than constructing one from the ground up, he noted, so the impact on park activities during the busy summer was shorter using this method.
The project cost $310,000 and was paid for through the city’s Capital Improvement Program budget.