The Town of Ferdinand officially opened its new handicap-Americans with Disabilities Act compliant restroom and shelter house facility at the town’s 18th Street Park.

The majority of this project was done in-house by town employees as a way to keep the cost of the project down. Street Superintendent and Property Manager Tom Lueken handled the oversight of the project.

Ferdinand Park Board president Scott Tretter says the restroom is a great addition to the park’s inventory. He also says the facility will be valuable for the community and commended the work of Leuken and his employees on the project.

The Park Board stressed the importance of energy efficiency and green initiatives in the design and construction of the new facility.  It features all LED lighting (both inside and out), motion-sensing interior lighting, touchless toilets and faucets, and uses hand dryers instead of paper towels.

The new facility also is the first for-public-use building in either of Ferdinand’s two parks that will be open and available for use year round, as it is situated just off of the 18th Street Park’s network of walking trails.

For additional information about the Town of Ferdinand and its parks, visit www.ferdinandindiana.org.