As summer nears and people begin to spend more time outdoors, the City of Penticton is extending the hours of some of its public washrooms.
Beginning April 9, the public washrooms at Riverside, Lakawana, Skaha Lake Park (east and main), Okanagan Lake Park, Sudbury Beach, and Jubilee will all be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As of April 12, the Lions Park washroom will also be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The city has voiced its concerns over vandalism, squatting and general destructive behaviour observed at many public washrooms in the past. These concerns have led to reduced hours at public washrooms; or, in some cases, washrooms being closed altogether.
Recent events in the city have also started a conversation over whether public washrooms should be more readily available.
While visiting Penticton’s beaches and parks, the city asks that you remember the following:
- Ensure gatherings are small, with no congregating between groups
- Keep your distance of at least two metres from others, including in parking lots
- Wash or sanitize hands frequently and upon returning home
- Dispose of any garbage or recycling in the bins provided