I feel like this is an appropriate thread to bring up the lack of public washrooms in parks, especially in the off-season.
Unreliable patchwork of restrooms – thrown into relief as Covid closed restaurants, cafes and hotels – hits vulnerable hardestwww.theguardian.com
Council recently voted down winterizing park washrooms:
I find the decision unfortunate.
Though; FWIW, plans for additional year-round washrooms are making their way through Parks internally; but they aren't public-ready yet.
It was entirely feasible to winterize some additional washrooms before fall; the decision not to support the motion was more political than anything.
Something Parks could absorb in the meantime is modifying the hours of washrooms, both seasonal and year round.
They have washrooms that in winter actually have a posted 2pm closing time.
(That originates because many Parks staff are scheduled 7am-3pm); so the washrooms close 1 hour before end of shift for cleaning)
There's something oddly unreasonable yet quite recognizable where a service is built around what's convenient to provide; rather than what citizens want and need.