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Unlock park restrooms

This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, we had a picnic with our extended family in beautiful Condon Park. This was the second year in a row that we had a Mother’s Day picnic at Condon Park. It was also the second year in a row that not one bathroom was unlocked for public use – not the public restrooms in the front of the park, or the public restrooms in the rear of the park, or even the public restrooms at Minnie Park.

What is the point of even having restrooms if they are not available for use? My boys can easily find a tree to relieve themselves on, but it is not as easy for small children and us women. And do you really want the park to become the bathroom?

These two occasions are not the only times I have searched for an open restroom at the park. Since the Adventure Skate Park has been open, I have taken my sons to skate there on numerous occasions. I usually stay and read while they skate, and sometimes I have to heed the “call of nature,” only to find that there is not one restroom to be found open. Then I have to drive into downtown Grass Valley for a bathroom.

What is it going to take to have someone unlock the bathrooms for public use? Do our tax dollars go toward upkeep of the restrooms? Do people just “hold it” until they get home?

Unfortunately, our family gathering was cut short because we had to leave and go home to use our own bathrooms. What a shame; it was a beautiful day at Condon Park and we couldn’t stay to enjoy it!

Juli Baggett

Nevada City

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