Bancroft restrooms pass the parade test

       Bancroft Park's upgraded restrooms passed a major test March 12 when no problems were reported despite more than 30,000 people in Old Colorado City for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
       “They did wonderfully,” said City Parks Maintenance Manager Kurt Shroeder. “One of them actually ran out of toilet paper. That's a good sign, because it meant they got a lot of use.”
       For the past few years, the Bancroft restrooms (located in the bandshell building) had to be closed for major events because their water flow could not keep up with repeated flushes. As a result, porta-johns next to the bandshell had become a regular sight.
       But a recently installed water tank improves pressure to the toilets, Schroeder said. He said he may even give time-off awards to the city plumbers who came up with the idea.
       Nancy Stovall, president of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, was glad of the news. At an OCCA meeting earlier this year, several business people had criticized the city for not fixing the problem.
       “It looks better for us if we have actual restrooms that are open and clean,” she said. “This is definitely an improvement for the area.”

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