Public washroom on Whyte Avenue to be staffed with an attendant to improve safety

Dec 16 2019, 11:33 am

The City of Edmonton is looking to create safer, more accessible washrooms for residents with a public washroom initiative in Old Strathcona, which will now be staffed with an attendant.

According to a release from the city, the public washroom at the northeast corner of Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard looks to improve safety and cleanliness of the facility.

The washroom is a three-month pilot between the city and Boyle Street Ventures Inc, and will have an attendant to host and maintain the facility during operating hours.

“We are always looking for ways to help create a more vibrant and accessible city, and we hope this program will spur street-level activity in the area by providing more options for shoppers, tourists and the general public,” said Nicole Fraser, General Supervisor, Operations Planning and Monitoring, City of Edmonton.

“This pilot project also supports our commitment to increasing washroom access for individuals who have higher health needs and increasing dignity for vulnerable Edmontonians.”

The pilot is funded by the city, and Boyle Street Ventures Inc. will oversee the logistics of the program — including hiring and training the attendant.

The pilot marks the first milestone in a city-wide public washroom strategy that is being explored by the city throughout 2020.