The new loo cost $667,000

Cause for relief! New bathrooms mean shorter lines for thirsty athletes at Parade Grounds

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What a relief!

Brand new bathrooms opened Wednesday at Prospect Park’s Parade Grounds, a sports haven at the southern end of Brooklyn’s backyard.

The centrally located, $667,000 comfort station was installed because all that Gatorade had to go somewhere, park officials said.

“Building a comfort station may not be the most glamorous project, but it is a critical one, especially now that the Parade Ground is so heavily used by thousands of Brooklynit­es,” said Emily Lloyd, president of the Prospect Park Alliance, which manages the park.

Before the renovation, the 30-square-block park bounded by Coney Island Avenue, Parade Place, Parkside Avenue, and Caton Avenue only contained two places to answer nature’s call. The result was long lines and creative solutions for full-bladdered athletes using the tennis courts and 11 fields, including ones for soccer, basketball, baseball, football, and volleyball.

The new permanent potty sits next to the concession stand just off of Parkside Avenue and comes equipped with three women’s stalls and one stall and two urinals for men. The project was funded by a combination of city and state funds and its opening was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Since 1998, the Prospect Park Alliance has invested more than $20 million to restore and renovate the Parade Ground’s fields and bathrooms, according to park officials.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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jjlnyc from kensington says:
Great news - but there were ALREADY two bathrooms at of the Parade Grounds, whereas there are NO bathrooms by the ball fields in Prospect Park. Wouldnt it make more sense to spend the money where something is lacking, before spending it where the resource already exists? Long lines? Yeah, ok, but at least there was something to line up FOR.
Your kid is playing 6 or 9 innings over at the ballfields when Nature calls, and guess what? You got NUTTIN'!
Sept. 27, 2013, 6:59 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Pardon me, but if these "athletes" were more active, the Gatorade would be coming through their pores and not their blatters, like in other countries. I hate to be the one to have to say this.
Sept. 27, 2013, 12:27 pm
jay from nyc says:
6 toilets for $667,000? Really? So I am supposed to believe that a crapper costs over 100K, even for New York that is ridiculous, no wonder the parks are screwed up.
Sept. 27, 2013, 6:06 pm
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
Sadly, this means more options for people to cruise for sex. I'm in law enforcement and know the implications that this move will have.
Sept. 29, 2013, 6:09 am
Todd from Kensigton Gardens says:
Good news for the residents of Westminster Road, the junkies won't be shooting up in the lobby.
Oct. 13, 2013, 11:56 am

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