Peeling Back The Paint

2. Areas frequently permitted, especially for families, such as picnics. As noted above, this would apply to large families or multiple families, and especially where shelters are available (at least three permits per week). 

3. Areas where permitted athletic events take place on a consistent basis, such as lighted ball fields. 

4. Locations where there is a dense congregation of uses, such as the grouping of picnic tables, a playground, and athletic fields.

5. Areas where there is dense informal use (not permitted) that would demand water and restrooms facilities. 

6. Key junctions at trails, paths, parkways, and pedestrian bridges. 

7. The uses and numbers of park visitors to a particular area must be well-established before a plumbed restroom is considered for installation. Use five years as a guideline before a restroom is considered. 

8. Before a restroom is built, employ a public process to determine if the restroom will create social problems for the park, communities, or districts surrounding it. If so, it should not be built.


Community Support For Clean Facilities

According to interviews conducted with Denver’s maintenance personnel, cleaning and maintaining restrooms is considered one of the least desirable jobs. To help ease the burden, consider rallying the community to assist in keeping facilities clean: 

  • Consider volunteer projects to clean restrooms.
  • Consider court-ordered community-service to clean restrooms.
  • Post signs reminding users to keep the facilities clean, and list phone numbers to call for maintenance. Develop system signage to direct park and trail users to the nearest plumbed restroom when one is not visible from a trail or park facility.
  • Encourage other city agencies, such as police, fire, and street maintenance, to use park restrooms so there is a wider range of use by responsible parties.

————————–Sidebar————————–Maintaining Restrooms

According to a recent Harris Interactive Survey, 94 percent of adults would avoid an establishment in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms. To keep restrooms clean and encourage visitors to return often:  

Provide the essentials: Walk through restrooms on a regular basis to make sure they are stocked with soap, paper towels, and toilet paper.

Protect the restrooms: Implement an odor-maintenance program to keep restrooms smelling fresh. Include air fresheners and urinal screens to neutralize odors. 

Place a checklist in restrooms to make sure the following tasks are completed (once per day is preferred; otherwise, as often as practical): 

  • Clean and sanitize floors, toilet/urinal areas, sink and mirror areas, door handles, baby-changing areas, toilet handles, faucet handles and light switches.
  • Remove excess water from sink areas and the floor.
  • Check proper functioning of odor-management system, lights, and plumbing.
  • Remove any trash. 

Deep clean the restrooms: Over time, dirt, grime and bacteria accumulate in restrooms, even with regular maintenance. To remove dirt that daily cleaning cannot reach, utilize periodic deep cleanings to sanitize restrooms and revitalize fixtures and floors.

–Information provided by Cintas Facility Services. For more information, visit



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