Matching Park Restroom Design To Current Needs

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Design needs for park restrooms have changed, with a greater focus on integrating family/special-needs restrooms, creating more women’s restrooms stalls than men’s to meet use requirements, maintaining some or all facilities during the fall and winter, and matching a restroom’s exterior design to mirror the architecture of the community.

Family/Special-Needs
Most park restrooms are designed for separate male and female use. Yet today—with the awareness of special-needs patrons, all gender use, and mothers and fathers visiting the restroom with children of the opposite sex—a design with a separate room is needed. The configuration below shows how park agencies can meet these needs.

Increase Women’s Stall Ratios To Men’s
With women requiring twice as long for restroom use compared to men, current design practices now being implemented is to at a minimum provide one-third more women’s stalls than men’s. If a family single-use restroom is also included in the design, the configuration above can be achieved to reduce lines for women.

Fall And Winter Use
Changing climate is increasing the need for sufficient heating to allow restrooms to remain open year-round without freezing the pipes. Use of in-floor radiant special fluid heating at temperatures of 40 to 50 degrees maintains operation, reduces the costs of heating, and renders the user space comfortable in any season. The photo below show the radiant floor heating tubing prior to pouring the concrete around them.

Mirroring The Architecture Of The Community
Achieving exterior restroom design that matches local community architecture adds an important option to create a local feel to park restrooms. This is now achievable with flexible exterior finishes provided by some public restroom design/build firms. New restrooms that architecturally match the many regions of America deliver the local feel and blend in to create a community acceptance.