Outhouse out, new bathroom in at Jupiter’s Sawfish Bay Park

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Current portable bathroom at Sawfish Bay Park (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Good news for fishermen, lunchtime brown baggers and kayakers at Sawfish Bay Park: A new, bigger — and cleaner — bathroom is on the way.

The Jupiter council unanimously approved spending up to $60,000 to build a bathroom at the north end of the town’s waterfront park.

The current portable bathroom is next to a picnic table sheltered by a gazebo that is often used by fishermen, folks eating their lunch and kayakers who launch from the park.

The new bathroom, which will be in the same location, will have facilities for men and women and a drinking fountain.

“It’s about time. Lots of people won’t use that outhouse. They use other locations,” said Dan Ponton, nodding towards the bushes and under the Alt. A1A bridge at the park.

Ponton, 33, construction worker and a lifelong Jupiter resident, regularly fishes at the park on the east side of the Alt. A1A bridge just north of Center Street.

Drinking water and toilets are part of the $3 million improvements underway at Riverbend/Battlefield Park.

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This a model of the new bathroom to be built at Sawfish Bay Park (Town of Jupiter)

 

Photographers often stop by Sawfish Bay Park to take images of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse across the Loxahatchee River. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The new bathroom, like other public bathrooms in Jupiter, will be cleaned at least five days a week, said Tom Driscoll, the town’s director of engineering, parks and public works.

The new building to be supplied by Spokane Valley, Washington-based CXT Inc.  will be simulated wood lap siding, simulated cast concrete metal roofing and will meet ADA requirements.

Sawfish Bay Park

Sawfish Bay Park is outlined in red. The new bathroom is planned on the north end.

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