|New public washrooms located on the NE corner of Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard will open in Old Strathcona on Friday June 29, 2012. They will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and are part of a $536,000 investment made by City Council to increase the number of safe and publicly accessible washroom facilities.|
“City Council’s capital investment in the Old Strathcona area will benefit a wide multitude of citizens and over 4 million annual visitors to this vibrant entertainment and historical district that includes over 625 businesses,” says Councillor Ben Henderson.
“The Old Strathcona Business Association and its members are thrilled about the new public washrooms. They will provide a safe and clean service for families, vulnerable people, and guests to the area. This is a step in the right direction and will enhance the Experience that is Old Strathcona. We applaud the City of Edmonton in supporting these efforts,” says Murray Davison, Executive Director, Old Strathcona Business Association.
The location and design features of the new permanent washrooms were chosen after input was received from a wide variety of stakeholders including the Edmonton Design Committee, Old Strathcona Business Association, Edmonton Police Service, Old Strathcona Area Community Council (members of OSACC include: Old Strathcona Foundation, churches, three community leagues, Old Strathcona Youth Society, Fringe Theatre Adventures) and area businesses, residents and patrons of the area.
The facility was designed using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. It was deliberately located adjacent to a high vehicle and pedestrian traffic area with full glass walls to enable “eyes on the street” and visibility/security for patrons. There are 3 women’s stalls, 1 men’s stall, 2 indoor urinals, diaper changing stations and 2 permanent outdoor urinals. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
Edmonton has 89 public washroom sites open at various hours of operation. Many are located at recreation centres, parks, libraries and LRT stations.