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Pilot Restroom Program Returns to Boston Common | May 15, 2019

Posted on the 15 May 2019 by Fopg @fopg
Pilot Restroom Program Returns to Boston Common | May 15, 2019

After last years success, Friends of the Public Garden, in partnership with the City of Boston, is excited to continue a pilot program for restroom facilities on Boston Common. The Friends wishes to thank the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust for their very generous gift to fund this program that would increase the availability of restrooms on the Common, given the great need in our parks for such facilities. The restroom will be a trailer, wrapped in an 1848 image of a water celebration on Boston Common, designed to be compatible with the surroundings. The facility will opened at the end of April and will remain open through October.

The facility will be located along MacArthur Mall, halfway between the Charles/Beacon entrance to the Common and the mid-block crossing of Charles Street. This location allows the unit to be used by Public Garden visitors as well as visitors to the Common, and is adjacent to the necessary electrical hookup.

The unit will have:

  • 3 women's stalls and a sink
  • 1 men's stall, 3 urinals, and a sink
  • 1 ADA restroom with toilet and sink
  • Baby changing station
  • Security person on site, in a kiosk next to the unit, during hours of operation
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned every 4 hours, and regularly pumped out
  • Hours of operation from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

We are excited to continue this pilot program for a second year. Depending on what we learn, it will return again next summer - while the Boston Common Master Plan process is being undertaken. What we learn during this pilot, and what we hear during the master planning process, will inform proposals for increased permanent restroom facilities on the Common.

Please feel free to contact the Friends with any questions you may have. We are committed to continuing this as a high-quality pilot program, in terms of cleanliness, safety, and security.

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