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City opens first gender-neutral washroom

July 15, 2016 11:47 A.M.

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.

Olavi says:
July 21, 2016 03:54pm

Enough already of these "politically correct" decisions. I guess the decision makers were not at the Canada Day celebrations and see the line-up at the ladies washroom, maybe an upgrade to those facilities would have been money better spent, but then again that probably would not turn into a good photo-op.


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