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Fairview parks lack restrooms, increased park usage leads to need for facilities.

WIKIMEDIA - A park in PortlandIn the city of Fairview there is only one bathroom facility at any city park — a temporary pit toilet at Salish Ponds.

Mayor Ted Tosterud said during the city's budget meeting on May 7, that he is often approached about this issue.

"People really appreciate the parks, but I keep hearing about how they need restrooms," Tosterud said.

Fairview city staff is looking into options, such as temporary portable restrooms, for their park systems, said City Administrator Nolan Young. The findings will be presented at the Budget Committee's meeting at 6 p.m., Monday May 14.

Public Works Director Allen Berry noted Fairview Community Park is already plumbed for a full-service restroom.

Young explained to The Outlook that those parks didn't need restrooms as they were built as small neighborhood parks, but a demand for restroom facilities developed as usage of the parks increased.

The pit toilet at Salish Ponds was installed for use during summer months.

— Matt DeBow

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