They’re old and have seen better days.
The condition of Delta’s public washrooms is currently undergoing an assessment by an external consultant retained by the city.
A staff report to the parks, recreation and culture commission notes the condition assessment, which is expected to be completed later this year, will provide information on the life expectancy and/or proposed capital expenditures that may extend the use of the washrooms.
Many of the park washrooms, including seven built around 1972, are old and require funding to either replace or make capital improvements.
Field houses are also be part of the assessment.
Council recently approved allocating $800,000 to construct a replacement washroom at Delview Park and a new washroom at Chalmers Park.
Once detailed costing is complete for Gunderson Park, staff are to report back with funding allocation requirements for the washroom and concession there.
The report to the commission notes that preliminary work in advance of the consultant's study indicates that both the Cromie Park field house and Gunderson Park require remediation work or replacement.
The Cromie structure is currently closed and sport groups who have used the building for storage can no longer access the building.
The Gunderson Park washrooms are also in a similar condition to that of Delview Park.
It’s anticipated that the consultant will recommend replacement of that washroom and an amount of $500,000 is recommended to be included in the capital program, along with early approval to help address the aging building conditions as quickly as further information is available.
A previous report to council notes, “These older facilities do not have the ventilation systems that are required by today's modern building code. The floors are stained through years of use and emit odours that are embedded in the old concrete flooring. Many of the sites are not accessible for those with mobility limitations.”