City of Sarnia and Point Edward staff have coordinated efforts to ensure that public washrooms in local parks and public spaces will remain closed for several more weeks. A joint project was initiated last year to study park and washroom usage patterns, which officials say will help them in budgeting maintenance for the next couple of years.
While citizens continue to bolt from parking lot to parking lot, wiggling locked washroom door handles and blanketing public spaces with curse words, personal anxiety and urine driblets, staffers are betting on their data.
“The last thing we want to do is open the restrooms for public use when people are actually using these public spaces,” explained Roger Locke of the Sarnia Parks and Recreation Department.
“We’re looking to open them all right at that sweet spot when people give up checking to see if they are open or not, which will hopefully be a couple days before we can close them for the cold months again.”
The long weekend has just begun and ended for one local man.
After completing his daily shift at Imperial Oil, Walt Jenson drove back to his Point Edward home where he began imbibing a bottle of Old Vienna(“OV”) from a case he had purchased to enjoy this weekend. At around 6:30 PM, Jenson finished the last bottle in the case.
“I guess that’s the end of that,” Jenson told The Sarnia Post. “I guess I’ll sleep it off and make some dinner for the kids.”
The extended weekend preceding Victoria Day is a time treasured by many Canadians as a time to take a load off and enjoy the company of friends, family, food and drink.