(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)
After being shuttered close to eight years ago, the bathrooms at Marine Park in South Boston are expected to reopen by the end of the month, according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The public restrooms were first closed by DCR for routine maintenance, but after finding a range of issues with the bathrooms including “serious structural deficiencies” in the facility’s roof, and the loss of financing, the project was delayed.
"It’s been one of those projects that’s akin to renovating an old home: you go in expecting to take down wallpaper, do a bit of rewiring and updating and when you open up your first wall you realize it isn’t going to be that simple," said SJ Port, a spokesperson for DCR.
Now after the replacement of the roof support truss, the replacement of the structure's plumbing and wiring, a fresh coat of paint, accessibility additions, and some other minor repairs to the property's roof and exterior, beachgoers and users of Marine Park will now have some relief.
The project cost just a little over $518,000, with the majority of the work taking place between 2010-2013, according to DCR.
During the project the interior of the 1,400 square-foot structure was also stripped and replaced.
Both the men’s and women’s washrooms, which are now handicapped accessible, were equipped with “hands free” devices, new floors, and walls. The men's bathroom now holds six toilets and two urinals and the women’s bathroom now holds eight toilets.