Letter: Lack of public restrooms not world class
Leslie Bethel reflecting on a world-class downtown got me wondering. Would a real world class downtown have portable toilets as public restrooms in 2018? Towns that promote themselves as wanting tourists to come and spend time and money all have visitor centers and chamber of commerce centers with public toilets, with indoor plumbing.
Walk into our chamber and ask to use the restroom and see what happens. More than likely you will be directed up or down the street to a portable toilet or maybe the library. This is unacceptable in a town that promotes itself as a world-class destination.
Check out Herman or Boonville, Missouri, both towns on the Katy Trail that have very nice facilities that cater to tourists and sell products specific to the area. The women in the visitor center in Boonville were unpacking hooded light sweatshirts for the fall collection when we walked in to inquire about the trail and use the restrooms. We spent $60 before we left.
Living in the downtown area, we walk to the pool and restaurants and can tell when we’re near Centennial Park or the corner of Seventh and Colorado because we can smell the portable toilets. They don’t stink as they seem to be serviced regularly, but they smell like portable toilets, which isn’t the most pleasant fragrance.
I realize that the town fills up pretty much every weekend anyway, but the city council and the chamber resort association need to put their heads together to address this glaring and odoriferous shortcoming. Then we could possibly have a world-class downtown.
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