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ryan mcgaughey/daily globe Employees of Neinkerk Construction of Worthington do sewer and water line work Monday at Millard Walker Park.

New restroom for public park

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WORTHINGTON -- A well-used park near the center of Worthington is now in the process of receiving a restroom addition that should be completed within the next 60 days.

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Work at Millard Walker Park, located along Burlington Avenue between Dover and Clary streets, began Monday morning. Clair Van Grouw Construction of Worthington was the low bidder on the $65,000 project, which was authorized in February.

The park is currently home to a portable toilet, but members of the city's Park and Recreation Advisory Board decided better facilities were necessary.

The Worthington City Council agreed, approving the park board's recommendation.

Three options had been considered when two bids were received for the project in January -- rejecting both bids and rebidding the project, dropping the project entirely due to cost or moving forward with the low bidder and attempting to identify any cost savings.

"The (park) board determined that increased use of Millard Walker Park makes the restroom project important and that rebidding the project would likely not result in a significant cost savings," Director of Public Works Jim Laffrenzen said.

Neinkerk Construction, Worthington, is a subcontractor on the project, and was working Monday on preparation for new sewer service and a new water line.

The men's and women's restrooms will each have toilets and sinks -- "they're pretty bare bones, but they're very functional," Laffrenzen said.

Lafferenzen said it's possible the restroom project could be completed in sooner than 60 days.

Other anemities at Millard Walker Park include picnic facilities, recreational facilities such as basketball and volleyball courts, playground equipment, park benches and open shelter.

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Ryan McGaughey
I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.
(507) 376-7320
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