Knoxville — The restrooms at Auld Park have seen a great deal of vandalism, and the City of Knoxville is hopeful that stainless steel fixtures will be a solution.
Included in the fiscal year 2012-13 City of Knoxville budget is approximately $25,000 to improve the water lines serving the restroom near the enclosed shelter, as well as adding stainless steel sinks, countertops, urinals and toilets. Porcelain facilities have been damaged by vandals over the years.
The restrooms look as though they could use the work, but because the fiscal year does not begin until July 1, the money is not yet available. In addition to the fixtures, wals are going to be replaced. Public Works Director Jeff May estimates that the work will take two to three weeks. Nothing is planned for the restroom near Third Street, across the street from the baseball field.
May said that crews respond to calls and clean the restrooms when a problem is noticed. Controlling the vandalism has been challenging, as vandals have targeted the bandstand wiring and other areas of the park.
"They don't like to respect that stuff," May said. Vandalism is also a problem at the Skate Park, and Public Works is trying to find a way to stop spray paint vandalism there.
Facilities will continue to be provided. Visitors are expected for a Civil War reenactment at Auld Park on June 30. When asked if painting the walls inside the restroom were an option, May said he is trying to keep a natural look of the restroom, with the brick, and that painting would create a new line of maintenance for the City to take on.
May wants visitors to Auld Park to be assured that there will always be facilities available in the park.