Kamloops, B.C. –– Today, July 15th, marked the official opening of the universally accessible gender-neutral washroom at Heritage House in Riverside Park. MP Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Cathy McLeod joined Mayor Peter Milobar to mark the occasion during a press event this morning.
The 2015 City of Kamloops Corporate Budget identified $120,000 for a family-friendly, gender-neutral washroom upgrade for Riverside Park. The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund in the amount of $50,000, a grant providing funding for projects that improve accessibility in communities across Canada.
Riverside Park, a beautiful community park, is in the heart of the City Centre. An accessible family-friendly, gender-neutral washroom provides greater access and engagement for Kamloops citizens, lowering barriers to participation and access to park amenities. The impact of these upgrades will be felt not only by children, but by all park users.
Gender-neutral washrooms benefit people who are uncomfortable in men's or women's washrooms for many reasons. As well, gender-neutral washrooms support parents and/or caregivers whose children are a different gender from them and people with caregivers or personal attendants who are a different gender from them.
Features of the washroom include:
- Family change table;
- Two sinks, designed to accommodate people of all abilities;
- Signage that includes Braille for people with partial sight or complete sight loss;
- Washroom space designed to provide wheelchair users ease of navigation; and
- Secure needle disposal container.