A UNIVERSAL access toilet is likely to be built at Warradale Park this year, but it won’t be beside the Sam Trott nature play area.
Wanneroo Council endorsed the concept plan for the $60,000 toilet at the Landsdale park at its September meeting, noting construction was due to start this month and finish in December.
The playground was created as a tribute to toddler Sam Trott, who had autism, and died at the park in 2014.
“The nature play area at the reserve has become increasingly popular, with a high level of use by the community,” a council report said.
“There are currently not accessible toilets to service the reserve, with the only toilet facilities on site located inside the Warradale Community Centre building, which have restricted internal access.”
The report said services required to support the proposed toilet, such as water, electricity and sewerage, were located near the community centre and clubroom building, not the playground.
“There would be significant additional works required to extend these services,” it said.
“The additional costs associated with these works are prohibitive and cannot be accommodated as part of the project.”
During consultation in August, the City received comments from 12 residents, which included requests to locate the toilet closer to the playground.
Other submissions requested a drink fountain and taps, raised concerns about anti-social behaviour, and asked the City to install CCTV.
In response, City staff said there was already a drink fountain in the playground and the toilet would include taps for wash down purposes.
Staff said the toilet would have an automatic time lock control to provide access between 6am and 8pm, as well as motion sensor lighting.
CCTV installation would depend on finalisation of a CCTV plan to expand the network across the City, with staff developing at draft plan.
The project is expected to cost $59,788, with $20,000 covered by a Stronger Communities grant from the Federal Government.