The new washroom at Centennial Park has been completed ahead of schedule and is now open. The washroom has a number of features making it unique to other cinderblock washrooms that the community may appreciate. There are four sinks located on the back of the washroom for vendor use and the porta potties have been removed. Note, the interior lights are temporary as there was an issue with the lights that were delivered. The proper lights will be installed next week but you will notice the washroom features an abundance of natural light.
The Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has approved a 20 year Master Plan to prioritize infrastructure investments for Centennial Park. The Master Plan is broken into five phases with the first phase focusing on site preparation and assessments, the replacement of the washroom facility and installation of storm water drainage.
The public washrooms at Centennial Park were built in the late 1980’s and have been in need of replacement for several years. The aging facility relies on heavy flow toilets and experiences high demand during special events such as the Saturday Market, often causing mechanical failures in the system. During a failure the facility can be closed for several hours or the entire day leaving visitors without public washroom facilities. The park was originally built in 1967 with fill from dredging the near by harbour contributing to winter drainage problems experienced in the park today.
A preliminary design was approved by PARC in January of 2018. The new washroom facility will occupy roughly the same footprint as the current washroom but with the addition of a single stall unisex/family washroom. In addition to having waterless urinals all washroom fixtures will meet LEED standards.
In addition to the washroom replacement and installation of storm water management drainage phase 1 work also include a number of site assessments (arborist study, archeological assessment, geotechnical assessment, hazardous assessment and survey), replacement of the waterline and electrical.