Why is there no door on the Mens Rest Room in Lownsdale Park in Portland Oregon? On 7.22.13 a houseless activist protester is handcuffed, to a tree as he brings to light the human rights and dignity / equity issue of the "No door on the Mens Rest Room" in the park by city hall. Oddly there is total silence by the Park Rangers. I suspect they know its wrong but do not want to say nor be involved? What will be interesting is "who is pushing for this to issue to stay as it is (sick) or who will make the change for what is right so that all citizens are treated equal and with respect and dignity when it comes to using a public restroom in one of our cities park!?
I wrote to Amanda Fritz who is in charge of the Portland Parks she replied back to me 2 weeks ago with this unacceptable reply:
[start] Dear Joe, Thank you for your message. Tim Crail, my Policy Advisor for Parks operations, looked into your concern. The removal of the door was a conscious choice made many years ago as a result of persistent illegal activity and vandalism occurring in the restroom. We believe it was done ten or more years ago. Given the recent increase in illegal activities around the park squares, it doesn't seem like an appropriate time to revisit the decision. Looking forward, potentially changing the restrooms to a Loo might be considered, adding privacy and security. There isn't funding for more Loos in Parks in this year's budget, however. Amanda Amanda Fritz Commissioner, City of Portland [end]
I want to inform viewers and informed caring citizens of the city park website, i urge you to use as I did. You can file an observation - complaint with the Portland Parks about no door on this mens restroom at: http://www.parkscanpdx.org/
I posted a new correct one: Observation ID: 1395 on 9.7.13 (so far no reply to my first comment) _the first post on I put on ParkScan was for "Chapman Park" - when it should of been listed under "Lownsdale" Park ~joe