The City marked the opening of its first universally accessible, gender-neutral washroom Friday at Heritage House in Riverside Park.
MP Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Cathy McLeod joined Mayor Peter Milobar to mark the occasion.
In 2015, the City allocated $120,000 for a family-friendly, gender-neutral washroom upgrade for the park. The project received additional $50,000 from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund in the amount of $50,000.
The family-friendly washroom is intended to eliminate barriers to participation and access to park amenities . The impact of these upgrades will be felt not only by children, but by all park users.
Gender-neutral washrooms benefit people who are uncomfortable in men's or women's washrooms for many reasons. As well, gender-neutral washrooms support parents and/or caregivers whose children are a different gender from them and people with caregivers or personal attendants who are a different gender from them.
Features of the washroom include:
- Family change table;
- Two sinks, designed to accommodate people of all abilities;
- Signage that includes Braille for people with partial sight or complete sight loss;
- Automatic door;
- Washroom space designed to provide wheelchair users ease of navigation; and
- Secure needle disposal container.