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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield opens restrooms at lakefront

  • A long-awaited ribbon cutting, or in this case, toilet paper cutting, took place in Springfield Township to officially open the new “facilities” at the lakefront.

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  • A long-awaited ribbon cutting, or in this case, toilet paper cutting, took place in Springfield Township to officially open the new “facilities” at the lakefront.
    Park and Recreation Director, Doug Foltz thanked everyone for the collaborative effort, which included Summit County, the trustees and staff at the township.
    “Bobby Dinkins put a lot of effort into making this happen,” Foltz said.
    Connie Krauss, director of community development for the county said the new restroom facilities allowed the park to be versitile.
    “This was needed,” Krauss said, “with all the people walking, using the exercise park, using the playground, weddings and concerts. This is a beautiful facility.”
    It was an interesting construction project. The entire bathroom, walls, roof, sinks, toilets – everything – is brought in on a truck, completely assembled. It weighed in at 81,000 pounds and was lowered into place by a crane. On the ground, everything had to be exactly in the right place so the plumbing and electrical lined up for hook up.
    Trustee, Dean Young thanked Summit County for its cooperation.
    “The relationship we have with you is appreciate,” Young said, adding it bothered him when he would bring his daughter to the lake because there were no facilities. “Without (Summit County support) this would have been many years down the road,” he said.  
    Summit County partnered with the township and provided an $80,000 grant for the project. The township’s share will be about $40,000, once the privacy fence is completed.
    “This is a beautiful addition to our park,” Foltz said. “As you know we have our summer concert series here and Rock the Docks. We have a great venue for everybody to come out on the weekends and enjoy this lakefront. It is nice to have a first-class bathroom for our first-class residents here in the township.”
    Krause said Springfield has been a great partner for the county. “You have projects that are fundable and make great sense for us to do and that helps us a lot. We appreciate the cooperation we have and we look forward to that relationship moving forward,” said Krause.
    Cutting the toilet paper for the opening of the restrooms were Fiscal Officer, Joy Dies, trustee Deborah Davis, Krause, Sandra Kurt, Summit County Council at large and trustee Bruce Killian and Young.
    “It is easy to take things for granted. You don’t think about a restroom until you need it and it makes a difference to have a safe clean facility,” said Kurt.
    Foltz proclaimed, “The lake front restrooms are now open.”