Portable facilities need cleaning

Red Phone: Low branches need to be cut

I’m calling about all the Porta-Potties in city parks. They are
filthy, nasty and dirty. We have kids out there playing sports.
“I’m calling about all the Porta-Potties in city parks. They are filthy, nasty and dirty. We have kids out there playing sports. I think the Porta-Potties need some attention, especially the one on the Ranch side of Christmas Hill Park. I don’t see any reason why they can’t put regular restrooms there.”

Red Phone: Dear Clean It Up, With all the different groups using the parks, city staff has its hands full keeping the restrooms and portable toilets clean.

The city maintains one handicapped-accessible portable toilets on the Ranch side of Christmas Hill Park under contract with United Site Services, said Parks and Landscape Supervisor Bill Headley. The city increased the servicing from once a week to twice a week in April to accommodate the additional demands as more people head outside as the weather gets nicer, he said.

There are several other seasonal port-a-potties that are placed near parks, such as El Roble and the Gilroy Sports Park to accommodate youth baseball and softball games between March and June.

The site next to the red barn is actually scheduled to have a permanent restroom installed there as part of the Ranch Site Master Plan. The utilities have already been installed there, but the construction is at least five years off because park development funds are not available at this time due to the economy, Headley said.

People who use the facilities should also do their part to keep them clean for others to use. If everyone does his or her part to not leave a mess, it will make the experience better for everyone.

Anyone who has a concern about a specific restroom or portable toilets can call the Community Services Department at 846-0460 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and city staff will try to take a look at it, Headley said.

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