Better Restrooms Coming?

The consultants working on a contract with the City to look at the public restroom situation citywide will propose replacement of the Cesar Chavez Park porta-potties with permanent restrooms. Documents distributed in the evening of November 6 at a public meeting at the James Kenney Park community room contained this recommendation.

The consultant group, Hyphae Designs, is to present its draft proposals to city staff in December, and after further discussions, a final proposal is to go to City Council in the summer. There is of course no guarantee that staff will approve and council will vote to fund any of the recommendations.

The study project is led by Megan Prier, a senior analyst with Hyphae, and coordinated with Roger Miller, senior Parks department manager. At the Nov. 6 meeting, as at the previous three public input sessions, Prier presented a slide show containing maps of existing public restrooms, estimates of the need for restrooms, and proposals for upgrading, new construction, or relocating facilities. The documents will be posted on a city website, according to Miller.

The Nov. 6 session had better attendance than others. There was “critical mass” for actual group discussion of the consultant proposals.

Hyphae Designs’ Megan Prier, holding pen, with community members at public input session of citywide restroom study, Nov. 6
Portion of Hyphae map showing proposal to replace Cesar Chavez porta-potties with permanent bathrooms

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