Comfort station, pavilion coming to Rochester Municipal Park

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 22, 2015


ROCHESTER — Those who frequent the playground in the east side of Rochester Municipal Park or the nearby Paint Creek Trail will see an upgrade this summer.

The Rochester City Council recently approved plans to build a new pavilion and indoor restrooms just north of the existing pavilion and children’s playscape area, on the park’s east end, next to the Paint Creek Trail.

City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said the initial project was designed to serve the  playground known as the “tot lot” in the park, near the Kiwanis Shelter.

“When you have a 4-year-old or 5-year-old — or someone on the other end of the age bracket — it’s very difficult from that tot lot for them to get to the restrooms at the Police Department or the restrooms in the center of the park, so that was the primary driver,” he said.

The 1,316-square-foot pavilion will include two public restrooms equipped with infant changing stations, water fountains with water bottle refilling accessories, a service room and a covered area. The structure will be constructed of lap siding and cedar, and they will be stained to match the recently constructed Bebout Band Shell.

Pedestrians will be able to access the new addition from the concrete pathway currently in the park and from a new connecting pathway of 5-foot-wide concrete.

Vettraino said the paved pathway from the trail to the facility will give trail users the opportunity to refill their water bottles, use the restrooms, and sit and enjoy Rochester Municipal Park.

“If our trails are like highways, we need a few more off-ramps, so this will be a nice off-ramp for the Paint Creek users, as well as our main purpose, to serve the tot lot area on the east side of the park,” he said.

Councilwoman Kim Russell agreed that the facility will be an “awesome” opportunity for people using the Paint Creek Trail to stop in to use the restroom or have a little break.

“I feel it’s really important to have. … I think it is going to blend in very nicely,” she said.

The city has set aside $229,490 in the 2015 budget for the project, with a planned completion date of June 30.

“The project will go out to bid, and we will have it constructed as soon as possible,” Vettraino said.