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New restroom for Afton park costs an estimated $67,300

Afton’s Town Square Park will be getting a new restroom facility. 

Afton City Council approved $27,000 in funding for a new permanent restroom facility to be located in Town Square Park during its Nov. 17 meeting. 

Currently Town Square Park’s only restroom facility is an outhouse. The proposal is to construct a permanent structure north of the tennis courts at the park. 

The structure will be connected to the city’s future sanitary sewer. The facility however will  not be heated so it will only be open from April to October. 

The total cost of the facility is $67,300, $39,900 of which will come from a Community Development Block Grant and $27,500 will come from the city’s Park Fund. An additional $12,500 will go towards the sewer unit, which the city already has a levy in place for. 

The need for the new restroom, Council Member Bill Palmquist said, is that the current facility is not handicap or elderly accessible. 

Additionally, the current outhouse is old and frequently gives off odors. 

“This is the best money we’ve spent out of the park fund as far as I’m concerned,” Council Member Randy Nelson said. “It’s overdue.”  

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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