PH Park restrooms

It’s hoped the old restrooms at Pop Harvey Park, seen in this undated photo, will soon be replaced with more modern facilities. The Parker Town Council awarded a bid for the project at their May 5 meeting.

New restrooms for Pop Harvey Park came another step closer to reality when a bid for the project was awarded by the Parker Town Council at their May 5 meeting.

The Council awarded the bid from Straight Arrow Contracting, LLC of Tolleson, Ariz. for $227,500. The only other bid was from T.R. Orr, Inc. Kingman for $398,500.

Funding for the project will come from $231,100 in Community Development Block Grant State Special Projects funds the Town was awarded in August 2019. These funds are from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are distributed by the Arizona Department of Housing. They’re used to assist low income communities and to mitigate hazards.

Council Member Frank Savino asked about the difference between the two bids, which comes to more than $160,000.

Ziegler replied that Straight Arrow has done some other work in the town, and they want to “get their foot in the door” with the Town government. He said they might be able to negotiate for a lower cost as they finalize the contract.

In response to questions from the Pioneer, Ziegler said this would be a complete tear down of the old restrooms and building new ones. He said the public works crews would handle the demolition work, while Straight Arrow would build the new structures. Among other things, these restrooms would be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“They’ll be oriented differently, and they’ll take up a little more space,” Ziegler said.

The next steps involve finalizing the contract and issuing a notice to proceed, Ziegler said. They need to get started right away because the deadline for completing this CDBG-funded project is the end of August 2020.

Someone who has expressed pleasure in seeing the new restrooms built is Randy Hartless, the head of the Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment. He said they have many park visitors who want to use the restrooms at PAACE’s Players’ Ninth Street Youth Center because they don’t like the public restrooms in the park.

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