The first public restroom in Olde Town Arvada, located at the Olde Town Transit Station Plaza, officially opened for use Oct. 16. “This is a pretty important thing in Olde Town, joke about it as we …
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The first public restroom in Olde Town Arvada, located at the Olde Town Transit Station Plaza, officially opened for use Oct. 16.
“This is a pretty important thing in Olde Town, joke about it as we may,” said John Marriott, Arvada Mayor ProTem. “But one of these days this train platform is going to be crawling with people who are going places and coming here and having facilities for them is really important.”
The restroom, a Portland Loo, is free to the public, accessible around the clock and designed specifically to prevent problems that are commonly experienced with public toilets.
The sleek and modern kiosk discourages crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating.
“It provides the ability to be used appropriately without any of the potential nefarious uses that a public restroom could possibly be used for,” Marriott said.
The Portland Loo was developed by Madden Fabrication in conjunction with the city of Portland and has spread to several cities throughout the U.S., Canada and New Zealand.
The Arvada Loo is the first Portland Loo created with a heated foundation to ensure that it operates during the winter temperatures.
“There's always a year-round need for restrooms,” said Evan Madden, sales manager with the Portland Loo. “With the cold weather in Colorado, I think Arvada was a great option to do that. We really want to make sure the restroom works for each city it goes to.”
Visibility in addition to safety was a key factor in installing the toilet.
“It's very important that this was located appropriately,” Marriott said. “Of course the train station is part of it, but it's more than just that. This is relatively centrally located within Olde Town and where it will be most usable for everybody and the most visible. It very important that these facilities are not hidden away but in a visible spot.”
As Olde Town continues to get more active, Jessica Prosser, assistant to the city manager, said the city has gotten several requests from business owners for a public restroom.
“We feel like having a 24/7 restroom really adds to the vibrancy of Olde Town and will allow people to linger longer and spend time down here,” Prosser said. “Obviously as Olde Town get more active with more events, there is a need for that. We thought that the transit plaza was the perfect place.”
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