Going Green: Riverside Park Eyes Compost Toilets

Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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Going Green: Riverside Park Eyes Compost Toilets

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Riverside Park

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Riverside park plans to install compost toilets that will produce fertilizer for its greenery -- a new eco-friendly restroom facility that is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

Park administrator John Herrold says the carbon-neutral complex would be the first public bathroom of its kind in a New York City park. The Bronx Zoo and the Queens Botanical Garden already have them.

The restrooms would replace the two current portable bathrooms near the tennis courts, and the proposed facilities would compost the sewage and help fertilize parts of the park, according to The New York Times.

The Riverside Clay Tennis Association, which maintains that part of the park, still needs to raise funds to design the building. The city's Parks and Recreation Department is endorsing it for a state planning grant in hopes the project can break ground by the summer of 2012.

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