Splash Pad a popular attraction

Funded mostly by donations, the Splash Pad opened in 2017 at 107 Fountain St. at the north end of Broadway. It is open during the summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The city plans to build public restrooms to the west of the Splash Pad to serve people at this amenity, on the Blue Zones Walkway or downtown. The restrooms will also be available for popular events such as the Farmers Market, Wind Down Wednesday and Thursdays on Fountain.

The estimated cost for the restroom building, which will include a storage area, is $250,000.

In a recent survey of 525 Albert Lea residents, 73 percent rated the public restrooms as very important or extremely important. Eleven percent were neutral on the proposal and 16 percent rated it as slightly or not important.

For more information
Mike Westney
Parks Superintendent
[email protected]

The proposed restrooms could be similar to the building at Pioneer Park with restrooms on one end and enclosed storage –  instead of an open pavilion – on the other end.

The potential location for the restrooms would be along the
North Broadway parking lot to the west of the Splash Pad.