Guam – Addressing the recurring issue of accessible restrooms in parks and beaches spurred Senator Kelly Marsh (Taitano) to work on a proposed solution with the Mayors’ Council of Guam.
Marsh’s proposal would allow tourists and community members access to mayors’ office and community center restrooms. Part of it would also be to inform tour companies and other stakeholders of accessible restroom locations.
Marsh said she is also working on legislation that will provide a mechanism for a more integrated approach in addressing the root cause of the problem, instead of reverting to short term band-aid solutions.
Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares said the mayors support the senator’s plans.
“This is the situation right now, DPR has a capital improvement project in all facilities,” she said.
However, during the project period, the bathrooms at the different parks and beaches won’t be accessible to passersby and tourists.
With Marsh’s proposal, Savares said, “Of course, the Mayors (that were there) agreed that if our facilities are open during the time, because there are times when we do close it, like at night or after hours. It could be available during the time that our facilities are open,” she said.
Marsh said the proposal is a realistic solution that addresses an immediate need while the award for park restroom maintenance is underway.
“For individuals visiting parks or going on an around the island tour, there is a mayor’s office and community center in every village,” she said.
Department of Parks and Recreation Director Richard Ybanez said that the maintenance contract for 16 public parks and restrooms has been awarded to Guam Cleaning Masters who will begin their work on June 1.