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Washroom Forster Park

Forster Park has served as a hub for the West River Area since its development in the late 1950’s. Over the years the amenities available in the park have improved. The most significant recent addition has been the popular splash pad used by kids and adults alike during the often sultry summer days. Next on the Town’s list of improvements is the replacement of the washrooms. Built in 1960, the washrooms do not meet contemporary standards for accessibility and have been deemed to be at the end of their useful life.

Members of the WRRA Board participated in a planning process with the Town that included consultation on the design options and timeframe for the project. The Town also held a broader community consultation. The final designs included integrated display surfaces for public art in order to accommodate an earlier project initiated by the WRRA Board with input from the community.

Demolition of the existing washroom and construction of the new were to begin during January, 2016 with a completion date sometime during the summer of 2016.\

Unfortunately, the tender process undertaken by the Town to select a builder was unsuccessful in producing a suitable bid which complied with the Town’s approved budget. Town staff, in concert with the architect for the project, will now explore other design considerations as well as submit a request for more money for the project.

The bottom line is that the project will not proceed as planned during 2016. If the redesign and increased budget proceed as hoped, the Town will award the contract in early 2017.\

\If there is a positive side to this delay, it is that the current washroom facilities will be available for public use over the coming summer and there will be no construction disruption to park activities, including the annual WRRA neighbourhood picnic.