If McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) leaders get their way, patrons of Lewinsville Park in McLean in coming years will be able to use permanent restroom facilities instead of portable toilets.
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is considering adding a 1,000-square-foot facility with men’s and women’s restrooms and removing existing portable toilets at the park, which is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Road.
Officials estimate the project’s total cost will be around $670,000 – a tenuous guess at best, given ongoing supply-chain problems and skyrocketing prices for construction materials – and that the restrooms could be completed by late 2023.
The project’s price includes all aspects, including a field survey, building plans, utility connections and other costs besides construction, said FCPA spokesman Judy Pedersen. Materials costs have been going up 20 to 30 percent annually in recent years, she said.
“It kind of is what it is,” Pedersen said of the project’s price tag.
MYS will cover the project’s cost and may apply to FCPA for a $20,000 Mastenbrook matching grant, Pedersen said.
MYS will raise funds to defray some of the project’s costs, said board chairman Susan Mrachek. Group leaders hope to install four stalls each in men’s and women’s portions of the proposed facility, and include a small storage area as well, she said.
Permanent restrooms are desirable for the heavily used park, Mrachek said.
“It’s disappointing that we only have porta-potties in such a nice community,” she said. The upgraded facilities “would be usable by all,” she added. “People can use restrooms, properly wash hands afterward, change children’s diapers and use it for shelter if bad weather arrives.”
MYS is a thriving program with about 1,700 players on the program’s recreational side and about 1,200 on the travel side, Mrachek said.
“We’re happy to be a good member of the community and give back not only for our needs, but for all who use the facility,” she said.
In collaboration with the Dranesville District Supervisor’s Office, FCPA will hold an online public meeting June 16 at 7 p.m. and accept public comments about the project through July 16. To take part in the meeting, go to https://publicinput.com/YC65336.
Residents may forward questions about the project to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the project’s Web page at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/planning-development/development/new-restroom-lewinsville.