EUGENE, Ore. — A big announcement from the city of Eugene.
It’s adding a new bathroom near the new skate park at Washington Jefferson Park.
The city says it made the decision to install a 24-hour unisex bathroom in the park because it’s a basic human need.
Designers made it different from the last bathroom for a couple of reasons.
Parks and Open Space landscape architect Emily Proudfoot says the previous bathroom which was located under the bridge, attracted all sorts of activity.
So planners decided to move it toward Jefferson Street where it will be well lit at night.
And instead of it being fully enclosed, it will have grates on the bottom and top to help stop suspicious activity.
“At night time it’s going to have a lot more visibility and be really well lit so that you know ideally if a cop drives by and shines a light underneath, through the mesh bottom you can see how many pairs of feet are in there and you know what kind of degree of safety seems to be happening,” said Proudfoot.
SLEEPS protesters we spoke with Thursday say this is a step in the right direction but they’d like to see public showers too.
The bathroom is expected to be completed between November and December of this year.
The full construction of the skate park should be finished next April.