With very few options to access public washrooms in Yellowknife, the city may be getting its first 24/7 public washroom.
The proposed facility will be built at an unused parking spot at the corner of 50th Avenue and 50th Street.
Currently, the only public washrooms available are located at City Hall, the public library and Somba K’e Civic Plaza during work hours.
Ramlah Kyomuhendo, a security guard at the YK Centre thinks that the 24/hour washroom facilities could be a good idea, depending on how it’s monitored.
It’s a good idea. People are struggling to find where to go for the washrooms. I’m not sure how it’s going to be handled. It’s going to be very messy. A lot of people get in there and drink. It needs security, tight security.
In order to prevent the homeless from occupying the space, the proposed design will be see-through, while still providing privacy when using the washroom.
The Yellowknife Rotary Club has offered to contribute $100,000 towards building the washroom. The club will provide $50,000 in cash and the other half will be acquired through donation of services from Williams Engineering Canada and Guy Architects Ltd. The city has been requested to provide $300,000 towards the project, and manage the ongoing maintenance fees.
Council is still discussing the proposal. If agreed upon, the washroom facility could be complete as early as the summer.