FOLEY – New restroom facilities at the Beulah Heights Park are the latest project to improve park facilities around Foley.

The Foley City Council voted Monday, April 3, to approve construction of a new bathroom facility at Beulah Heights Park on East Jefferson Street.

The report presented to the council said the current restrooms are old, outdated, in poor condition and needing to be replaced. The new facilities will also bring the restroom into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mayor Ralph Hellmich said the restroom replacement is part of a series of projects being done to improve parks around Foley.

“It will be a really nice bathroom for that park and we’re going to continue to upgrade our parks all around town,” Hellmich said Wednesday. “Last year, we finished the one on Cedar Street. We have an upgrade for Aaronville to do and there’s quite a few operations we’re doing at the same time.”

The total budget for the project is $175,000. The new restroom will be a prefabricated building purchased from CXT at a cost of $141,941.68. The rest of the cost will cover demolition of the existing facilities and the installation of the new building by Public Works Department crews.

The new facilities will include galvanized steel doors and frames, china plumbing fixtures, a  water heater, two soap dispensers, two hand dryers as well as baby changing stations, exhaust fans, floor drains and stainless steel mirrors. The bathrooms will also include a drinking fountain with bottle filler, motion controlled interior lights and photo cell controlled exterior lights.

 Hellmich told council members Monday that more park projects are planned.

“You’ll see some more brought to you as we move forward,” he said. “We’ve been committed to upgrading our parks and this part of it.”