Victoria Park Bench

A view of Kitchener's Victoria park. A Kitchener city councillor wants to let parts of city parks naturalize to save money. (Thimightyquill/Wikimedia Commons )

Kitchener city council has voted to have city staff look at more options to build washrooms in Victoria Park after developers submitted bids well over the $400,000 staff had budgeted for the project. 

Council voted down the option to build the washrooms under the current tendered bids, which means it's likely the project won't meet the March 2014 building deadline to qualify for a federal grant of $200,000 to help with the construction. 

Councillor Scott Davey said the city will look at more options, including new locations in order to find the most cost-effective way to get them built.

"We're going to sort of go back to the drawing board," he said.  

The lowest bid from a developer for a new set of washrooms came in at $565,000, or $165,000 more than staff had allotted.

The washrooms were slated to be built near near David Street and Jubilee Drive. 

"I think staff did sort of underestimated how much it would cost and the other issue is the heritage features, which some of us have a bit of an issue with, because it is a washroom after all," Davey said. 

"Essentially it had to have some upscale brick and more expensive windows windows, and that sort of thing," he said.  

Council plans to look at the issue again on October 21st