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April 26, 2014

Public restrooms, pump station set in place at Palatine Park

FAIRMONT — One big piece to the Palatine Park puzzle has been put in place.

On Thursday, public restrooms and a pump station for the splash park were set in place. Providing public restrooms is just one of the several pieces to the county’s Palatine Park renovation project.

The restrooms and pump station were built off site by Carr Concrete and transported from just outside Parkersburg. The combined 72,000 pounds of both buildings were lifted by a heavy-duty crane provided by Capital City in Morgantown.

It took about two hours from when the buildings arrived on site to be lifted and placed on concrete slabs. The restrooms and pump station sit just beside the area where the splash park is to be built.

Butch Tennant, president of the Marion County Commission, said it’s nice to see an actual structure at the park that’s above ground.

Since construction began on March 17, Tennant said most of the work so far has been done underground.

“There’s a lot of stuff you don’t see, and then all of a sudden everything starts falling into place,” he said.

Tennant said the restrooms and the pump station cost around a combined $200,000.

Charlie Reese, director of the Marion County Development Authority, said a second public restroom will placed at the end of the month near the amphitheater of Palatine Park. Both restrooms are handicap-accessible.

To look at the site now, a lot of concrete

has been poured. Steps leading from Everest Drive to the park and a concrete liner from the stage to a concrete pad for wiring during events are just some of the things that have been completed.

The deadline to have the project completed is May 15. To reach the deadline, crews will begin to work seven days a week starting this weekend. They will continue to work from morning to evening.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, it will be done,” Tennant said.

Some pieces of the puzzle left includes pouring the colored concrete for the splash park, creating a natural seating area in front of the stage, putting sidewalks throughout the park and laying down sod grass. Tennant said when the sod starts getting put down, the project will be very close to being completed.

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