After one year, relief in sight for Bay Eighth Street bathrooms

February 6, 2013 Denise Romano
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The bathrooms at the Bay Eighth Street Playground have been out of order a few weeks shy of a year, but for the first time there is some relief in sight.

City Councilmember Vincent Gentile has already allocated funding to repair the restrooms, but according to city policy, three contractors must bid on the project before a selection is made.

Meghan Lalor, press officer for the Parks Department, confirmed that the agency has received three proposals that are currently being evaluated.

In the meantime, those who work in and enjoy the park are still left high and dry.

“We still have nothing, not even a hole in the ground,” said a Parks Department employee who wished to remain anonymous.

The bathrooms have been out of service since February 26, when a pipe lying under the street adjacent to the park burst. The city provided the park – which not only includes the Bay Eighth Street playground, but the Ben Vitale Ballfields and tennis courts – with four Portosans over the summer so thousands of park-goers had some facilities. But now, there is only one.

“One went missing after Sandy. We have no idea where it went,” said the Parks staffer. “The other two were burned down. They have big holes in them. Now we only have one left.”

The employee went on to say that the whole process has taken way too long.

“At this point, I really don’t care anymore,” the staffer said.

Her message to the Parks Department? “You people don’t care enough about us.”

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