$2.6 million to fix park bathroom

Brooklyn Currents | 2/26/2014 | 0 comments

 bathroom at Bill Brown Playground.
The bathroom and sitting area at Bill Brown Park in Sheepshead Bay is to get a $2.6 million overhaul

The bathroom facilities at Bill Brown Park in Sheepshead Bay are dilapidated and for the most part unusable, neighborhood residents say, but the amount of money that the Parks Department has earmarked to fix it has raised a few eyebrows.

The Department plans to spend a full $2.6 million to renovate the bathroom and sitting area.

"The place is a wreck, but that's a lot of money," said Serena Schallenberg, who brought her two kids to the park and playground last week.

Crews also are slated to repair the crumbling bluestone tiles and tree pits that surround the 1,225-square-foot Robert Moses-era comfort station that was designed and built under Robert Moses.

The money— largely funded by City Council — will also pay for new sewer lines, lighting, roofing, windows and doors, and it will bring the bathroom into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bids for the construction work are due by mid-March.

"There is no standard repair cost," said a Parks spokeswoman. "Everything depends on what the scope of repair is."

The playground's namesake was a World War I veteran, killed in battle in France on Oct. 8, 1918, who had lived in the neighborhood.

The park has been the site of a 911 memorial and candle-lighting every year since the tragedy.

                                                                -- Brooklyn Currents, the Daily News


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