Naperville's Central Park will have its much-anticipated washrooms by Memorial Day weekend.
Construction will begin this week on the permanent structure approved by city council members last week at a cost of $247,850.
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City officials say the washrooms will accommodate the many concert goers at the Naperville Community Concert Center as well as those who use the adjoining park and playground. Currently the only available public facility in this area is a mobile restroom trailer placed in Central Park during the summer concert season.
"I think it's going to make a lot of people very happy and it will complete the facility there. We had an opportunity there a few years back and took a pass on it at that time," said Councilman Bob Fieseler. "I think we're remedying a situation that a lot of people in town will be grateful for."
The new building will accommodate three people in both the men's and women's sections of the structure. The restrooms will be located on the west side of Central Park Road just south of the YMCA and adjacent and south of the pedestrian walkway that links the Naperville Community Concert Center to Washington Street. They will be open from dawn to dusk and will be monitored by the Naperville Park District.
Councilman Paul Hinterlong said he, too, was happy to see the city responding to a 2011 petition that included more than 1,000 signatures supporting the addition of permanent washrooms.
"I'm glad we finally bumped this up in the process and are getting them up there," he said. "I'm sure everyone who goes to the concerts will be relieved to see it."