Instead of using portable toilets, those visiting The Draw park in Ramsey will soon have access to a restroom building.
According to Mark Riverblood, parks and assistant public works superintendent for the city of Ramsey, people attending the summer concert series at The Draw frequently ask why a “nice” restroom is not already available.
The summer concert series has become increasingly popular with some acts drawing about 400 people. The Ramsey Farmers’ Market also is open on most Thursdays that the concerts take place.
This year, The Draw Summer Event series kicks off June 12 and wraps up Aug. 28. The Farmer’s Market opens in mid-July.
Riverblood said The Draw is also used by walkers, PACT Charter School, weddings and special events and the Anoka-Ramsey Athletic Association when games are taking place at athletic fields across the street.
Riverblood said the restroom may be operational by the time the summer concert series begins because CTX Concrete Buildings had manufactured a restroom building with the same specifications that the city wants because another community had to cancel its order. The building is currently in storage at a CTX plant and could be quickly installed. The city of Ramsey already has sewer and water stubs next to The Draw.
Riverblood said the project is estimated to cost Ramsey $50,000. Funding will mostly come from the city’s lawful charitable gambling fund. The Ramsey Rotary has also pledged $1,500 for this project and will be seeking a matching grant of $1,500 from another source.
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