Vandalism causes closure of restrooms at Mary S. Young
West Linn Parks and Recreation regretfully reports that the public restrooms at Mary S. Young Park were severely vandalized on or about Dec. 3, 2018, causing officials to close the facilities. While renovation of the aged restrooms was originally proposed for funding through the general obligation bond, the $10,000 cost to repair the destruction moved the job up in priority. It was deemed most cost effective to move ahead with renovations rather than funding repairs and upgrading later.
In January 2019 the scope of work was defined and bids were solicited for the project. The bids have now been received and evaluated. On April 5 a contract was executed with ICON Construction for the overhaul of the restrooms. Reconstruction will include repairs to soffit/roof, replacement of windows with new opaque plastic, installation of new toilets, sinks, faucets, flush valves, partitions, hand dryers and ADA doors with magnetic locks, and repair of tile where needed along with demolition and material disposal. The total cost is estimated at approximately $50,000; completion of the work is projected for June 2019.
Additional work at Mary S. Young Park, funded through the GO bond, will include a boardwalk over the trail near the popular beaver pond and repair to a trail and bridge washed out by the 2017 winter storms. Including the restroom renovation, the projected cost is $135,000. There will also be athletic field renovations, which are listed as a separate category.
To monitor the status of all projects visit the 2018 General Obligation Bond Projects Directory at westlinnoregon.gov/go-bond.
Tickets are still available to see the award-winning documentary "The Beaver Believers," to be shown only Friday, April 19 at the West Linn High School Performing Arts Center, 5464 West A St. at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) The film tells the urgent, yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists — a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist and a hairdresser — who share a common vision of restoring the North American beaver. The film is presented by West Linn High School Field Science CTE Club, the West Linn Beaver Ambassadors and West Linn Parks & Recreation. General admission seating is $5 ($6.17 with service fee); purchase online at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec.
Register now for Earth Day activities, which will be observed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20. Register with SOLVE at solveoregon.org/solve-it-earth-day to volunteer at one of the West Linn Park locations to plant, remove ivy, improve trails, pick-up trash and end the day with an appreciation lunch at Mary S. Young Park from noon to 1 p.m. Volunteers are still needed at Burnside and Maddax parks.
Information on programs offered by West Linn Parks & Recreation can be found at westlinoregon.gov/parksrec. You may register by internet, mail or drop-off at City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road. Call 503-557-4700 for more information. For questions about classes through the Adult Community Center call 503-557-4704 and speak with Tiffany or Dawn.
Terri Jones is a recreation coordinator II for West Linn Parks and Recreation.