The new permanent toilet for the Ballard Commons Park is currently on backorder, and won’t be installed until sometime this fall.
The $550,000 Portland Loo is being installed because a public restroom is required within 100 feet of a water feature — in this case, the spray park.
The loo is designed to be graffiti-resistant, has angled slats that make it partially open-air, which is meant to discourage drug use. It has solar-powered lights, and an outdoor hand wash station.
Rachel Schulkin from Seattle Parks and Recreation tells My Ballard that they have a temporary portapotty on site to meet their obligation for handwashing.
Meanwhile, fences are still up at the park as crews work to prepare the site for the installation.