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Poulsbo bathrooms flush in renovations

POULSBO — Work began this week on a much-needed face lift to a longtime downtown Poulsbo amenity.

Renovation to the Waterfront Park bathrooms got underway this week as Poulsbo Public Works crews re-roofed the structure. Public Works Superintendent Bill Duffy said the project was necessary because the structure, which he estimates is about 12-15 years old, had never been renovated.

“It was time,” Duffy said. “It was making clean up really hard.”

Besides a new roof, the renovation includes new fixtures, dividers and ceramic tile on the floor and walls. The tiles bumped the cost up to between $12,000 and $15,000 (the original estimate was $11,000), however, public works crews felt they would help keep the facilities cleaner as opposed to the current porous cement walls.

“We could do it either way but I think we’d have a nicer facility this way,” Duffy told the Community Services Committee this month when asking council permission to increase the expenditure.

The timeline for the Waterfront Park bathroom renovations will depend on the delivery of materials, explained Duffy, although he expects it to be done within 60-90 days. Crews are aiming to have the facilities open in time for Viking Fest, the weekend of May 16-18.

Duffy added that the Waterfront Park project is just part of an overall maintenance plan aimed at slowly upgrading facilities at each of Little Norway’s parks. A plan to build a new bathroom at Raab Park later this summer is also included in that list.

“It takes some work. Things do wear out in a busy city,” Duffy said of the

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