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Bidding Process Begins for Little Bay Park Comfort Station, Avella Says

Parks Department project has been seven years in the making.

The city's Department of Parks and Recreation has begun the bidding process for the construction of a comfort station at Little Bay Park for which , state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, said.

The agency will pick and vet the winning bidder and construction is expected to begin by the end of the year, the senator said.

"After years of bureaucratic delays, I am pleased that this project is finally moving forward," Avella said. "It is a real shame that a great park like Little Bay Park, which has what I consider the best dog run in the entire city, does not have a comfort station. I am hopeful that we are one step closer to finally getting the comfort station that residents and park users deserve."

The senator secured $1 million for the project four years ago when he was a member of the City Council. U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Bayside, also brought in funding for the project, which also involved expanding a parking lot at the park.

The and Avella held a press conference last year during which they .

"I'm glad the bidding process is moving along," said Warren Schreiber, president of the alliance. "But we'd like to see a copy of the RFP (request for proposal) that they are bidding out. We've been pushing for quite a while for a comfort station with amenities that are sorely needed at Little Bay Park."

Currently, the site has Porta Potties that Schreiber described as "terrible."

"We've been worried that people would relieve themselves on the grass there or on private property," he said.

The enclosed comfort station will include bathrooms for men and women as well as a water fountain.

Warren Schreiber July 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM
In order to be successful, the Little Bay Comfort Station project will require extensive oversight beginning with the Request For Proposal (RFP) being made available to the public. The time has come for NYC Parks & Recreation to empty the filter on their vacuum.
Geraldine Spinella July 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Great comment Warren. Perhaps they can find the $550,000 the Boro President awarded the Bayside Historical Society to put an elevator in the Officers' Club 7 years ago. It must be in the same vacuum getting dusty. How does that happen? Why isn't anyone shaking the tree on it?
Phil Konigsberg July 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
This situation with the (lack of) building of the Little Bay Park bathrooms is pathetic at this point. I have no confidence in any public announcements or timelines indicated on this project. It has been seven long years since our community was told that funding had been secured for providing a facility to service a basic human need of the park visitors - being able to go to the bathroom. The only way to change my outlook at this point is hopefully to be around and partake in the proverbial shovel in the ground ceremony. I recall the slogan I chanted seven years ago, "Build a park and people will come, but where will they go?" Unfortunately, those words are still relevant today.
Warren Schreiber July 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM
According to the online site of the Mayor's Office of Contract Services the contracts for the Little Bay Comfort Station and Parking Lot expansion will both be put out for bid during the period of October-December of 2012. This seems to contradict reports that that the bidding process is currently underway and will end on July 31st. http://www.nyc.gov/html/mocs/html/research/pipeline.shtml

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