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503-823-7529

Jill Hutchinson, Project Manager

503-823-5583

Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator

503-823-5593

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Ed Benedict / Raymond Park

  • Potential Location for Loo at Raymond Park

  • Existing Restrooms at Ed Benedict Park

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Funding from the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond is available to make restroom improvements at Ed Benedict Park to provide a year-round restroom option for park users, particularly those using the skate park. Ed Benedict Park currently has two restrooms: 1) In center of park, near SE 102nd Avenue and 2) the east side of the park, near the Portland Memory Garden and Community Garden.

The Parks Replacement Bond originally planned for installation of a Portland Loo at Ed Benedict Park near the skate park. After further analysis, Parks staff has determined the existing restrooms nearest to the skate park in Ed Benedict Park (near SE 102nd Avenue) can be winterized with some minor improvements and kept open year-round to fill this need. 

After this winterization work is completed, the Bond funding allocation would still allow for installation of a Loo. Parks staff have proposed installing this Loo at Raymond Park, another nearby park that currently has no permanent restroom facilities. Raymond Park was proposed as a suitable location as it offers a wide range of activities, including a playground, splash pad, basketball court, and is a host for the free summer lunch and playground program. The Loo would likely be installed near the site of the current port-a-potty pad / cover. 


WHY INSTALL A LOO?

Portland Loos have already been installed in many Portland parks, including Waterfront Park, the South Park Blocks, the North Park Blocks, Khunamokwst Park, Wilkes Park, and Parklane Park. Made primarily of steel, they are a single-user restroom that is designed and manufactured in Portland to be safe, secure, and graffiti-resistant. Read more about their design and features here. Port-a-potties do temporarily fill the need for a public restroom, but they are frequently targets of vandalism in neighborhood parks.

While most of the downtown Loos are open 24 / 7, Loos in neighborhood parks such as Raymond Park can be locked and open only during park hours. When open for use, they are typically unlocked every morning by Parks maintenance staff, cleaned and stocked, and locked in the evenings.


PROJECT SCHEDULE

Winter 2017 - Spring 2017
Design Process for Ed Benedict Park improvements, Public Involvement for Raymond Park Loo proposal

Construction Schedule to be determined after Loo location is finalized.


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Project Manager
Jill Hutchinson, jill.hutchinson@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5583

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5593