Plan commission approves new bathrooms at Iverson Park
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – Plan commission members unanimously approved plans to replace the public bathroom at Iverson Park. The meeting took place on April 5.
The current bathroom is nearing the end of its usefulness, according to city leaders. The new 886 square-foot restrooms will be located near the park’s baseball field.
Construction of the new restrooms along with the demolition of the current facilities will take place through summer and fall. Porta-potties will be made available while construction takes place.
The need for a new bathroom at Iverson was identified in the city’s Comprehensive Outdoor Park and Recreation Plan: 2018-2022 and was also named as a goal based on survey responses and community-wide public workshops held in 2017.
Concerns about floodplain mitigation gave staff some difficulty while selecting a new location for the upcoming restroom; but, city staff found a plot of land with proper land elevation and requested to build the restroom two feet above the floodplain as a precaution.
Alder Mary Kneebone moved to approve the plans, seconded by Commissioner Dan Hoppe.
“This is a good project, it’s something that is very needed,” said Kneebone.
A public hearing was held during the meeting. No members of the public spoke on the agenda item.