Work begins at Chase Farm, Albion Park

Work begins at Chase Farm, Albion Park

The restroom and concession facility at Albion Park on Berkshire Drive will see renovations thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the town's voters. (Valley Breeze photo by Jessica Boisclair)

LINCOLN - Renovations at two town parks will soon get underway after members of the Town Council approved bids to replace the ramshackle wooden restroom and concession facility at Albion Park and install new portable restrooms at Chase Farm Park.

At the Aug. 19 council meeting, members voted to award a $319,900 contract to All-State Building Inc. to complete the work at Albion Park.

Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said this is the same company that worked on the restrooms at Lime Rock Park last summer.

He said the overall project, which also includes resurfacing and relining the basketball courts, would cost $350,000. Voters at the Financial Town Meeting approved the amount and a $175,000 grant was given to Lincoln from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

All-State Building would be responsible for replacing the 40-year-old structure with three ADA-accessible restrooms: male, female and family.

According to the application, a secure storage area and concession stand will also be located within the building.

A new picnic shelter will extend from the concession stand and accommodate six tables.

In addition, new paved pathways will lead from the picnic shelter outward, while another paved pathway will stretch to the playground and basketball courts.

Almond said once the building is completed, town employees would make further improvements to the park.

"The resurfacing of the basketball courts we can do ourselves," he said. "The town will invest money into the project because resurfacing is less than $10,000."

The Town Council also approved a $114,600 contract to Clivus New England Inc. to construct the restrooms at Chase Farm Park, and another $1,200 for site work.

The voters at the FTM approved a $20,000 allocation to match a $100,000 RIDEM grant. Almond said that because the bid came in under budget, the town would only have to pay $14,600 out of pocket.

Clivus will replace the portable restrooms with two eco-friendly handicap-accessible composting toilets that can be used year-round by visitors.

According to the application, these toilets are self contained and odor free, causing no impact on the environment.