Park Board Discusses Permanent Restroom for the City Square

Park Board Discusses Permanent Restroom for the City Square
Bandstand in the Broken Bow city square park. Photo: City of Broken Bow Facebook page.

BROKEN BOW–As spring slowly makes its arrival to Custer County, the Broken Bow Park Board is busy preparing its parks and facilities.

The park  board met on Monday evening and Chairperson Paul Holland said the board is looking at the possibility of adding a permanent restroom facility to the Broken Bow city square.

“We’re going to put this out to the general public but we’re looking at putting a restroom on the north side of the square. It’s not just going to be a brick and mortar building, we’re looking at putting something up that looks nice, be able to put some concrete around it, maybe some benches and flower pots,” Holland said.

Holland said a potential restroom would be a unisex, ADA accessible facility and would be open to the public during the late spring, summer, and early fall. The project is in the beginning steps and Holland said it could be six to eight months to get everything done. A rough estimate on the cost could be anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 Holland said, but would first have to go through the City Council.

Right now the park board and Parks Superintendent Darren Marten are looking for feedback from the public–pros and cons, and any concerns or ideas people may want to share. Marten said to keep an eye out for more detailed photos and drawings of the potential restroom as they become available.

A porta potty currently resides in the square but Marten and Holland said a permanent structure would decrease the number of kids crossing the street to use restrooms at local restaurants and businesses.

Marten now enters his third year preparing the city’s parks for the summer season. He said grass is greening up and that crews are getting the pool ready to open in a few weeks, working with the DYO on the Melham ball fields, and staying busy to possibly add a sand volleyball court at Melham Park (south of the rock parking lot near the restrooms).

In an interview with KCNI/KBBN, both gentlemen thanked Rick Maas of the beautification committee for drawing up some sketches of the restroom. All are invited to contact a park board member  to share feedback.