The Clewiston News

Are restrooms in Trinidad Park’s future?

Portable toilets are the only way park users can answer the call of nature.

The city of Clewiston boasts dozens of beautiful parks and green spaces that residents enjoy on a daily basis. But one gripe many people, especially parents, have about those parks are the lack of nearby restrooms.

Except for two portable toilets, Trinidad Park is one of those often-used parks with nowhere to go when nature calls. But that could change in the near future if the state approves a grant for which the recreation department recently applied.

The city is requesting a $50,000 Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant, which it will use to build restroom facilities, a picnic pavilion and improvements at the basketball courts at Trinidad Park, located on East Trinidad Avenue.

Other project elements include adding sports lighting, four new picnic tables, two trash receptacles, a water fountain and bleachers and bleacher pads.

On top of the $50,000 FRDAP grant, the city would also contribute $35,000 of taxpayer money and $19,700 of in-kind donations for a total project cost of nearly $105,000.

The city commission approved sending the grant to the Department of Environmental Protection in a special meeting held Thursday, Aug. 13.