Copperas Cove: Parents frustrated over dirty restrooms at park

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Some parents in Copperas Cove say they are frustrated with the smell and cleanliness of restrooms at the city park.

"What I see in there is mold, moss growing on the floor which is a big hazard here,” Shaun Sprague said.

The smell has also been an issue.

"Barely, rarely any toilet paper, the sinks are dirty. The kids can walk by and actually see-in through there, there is no stalls for the toilets," he said.

Zachary Calhoun says he's worried about his young daughter using the restroom.

"I have concerns that she's put at risk by not having doors on the bathroom, it's just not secure,” Calhoun said.

The word is spreading on social media thanks to a viral Facebook post.

The city says they've heard the complaints.

"We hear their concerns, we understand the facilities in the city parks, restroom facilities are in much needed makeover. We are working through phase ii of the renovation project to make that happen and get those efficiencies corrected as quickly as possible,” public information officer Kevin Keller said.

Three restrooms are scheduled to be replaced in the coming year, the city said.

"The new restrooms will be a modular-type unit that we will purchase and bring into the park and set up. The agenda item is scheduled for June of this year to go to city council to authorize purchase of those restrooms,” Keller said.

In the meantime, these parents are asking for at least one change.

"For us as citizens in Copperas Cove, we pay a lot of money to have our kids in good facilities and especially in bathrooms with at least installed doors on them,” Sprague said.

In terms of the cleanliness of the restrooms, they are on a routine maintenance schedule.

Full statement from the city:

"We understand the concerns of our citizens, and City Council has taken action to correct the restroom issues through the Park and Facility Improvements Plan. As stated, the presentation for the most recent Parks Town Hall Meeting, held on May 1st, is attached for your review. Renovation of three of the restrooms is scheduled for Phase II of the project, and will go to City Council for purchase consideration in June. The upgraded facilities will be modular units, set up on existing pad sites. They will be low maintenance facilities which include LED lighting, a maglock system and water fountains. We ask for the community’s support and patience as we work through this improvement process. Thank you."