Less than three months after completion, one of the city’s newly constructed outdoor bathrooms has been hit by vandals.
McMinnville Parks and Recreation employees found the spray painted walls of the men’s bathroom at Riverfront Park on Thursday morning at approximately 8 a.m. The women’s bathroom walls were not damaged.
“It’s very disappointing when you build new facilities and this is the thank you that you get for it,” said Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “This one was complete in mid-March.”
Bathrooms were also installed at Pepper Branch Park and Ramsey Park at a cost of approximately $40,000. No reports of vandalism were received at those two bathrooms.
Consideration will be given to locking the bathrooms at night.
“We did have the bathrooms open 24/7,” said McCord. “Since we completed the new ones, we thought we’d see how it worked out. Now we know. We may have to reconsider that decision.”
Parks are closed by city ordinance from dusk until dawn. If the decision is made to lock the bathrooms at night, they too will be closed during those hours.
“We haven’t made that decision yet,” said McCord.
A vandalism report was filed with McMinnville Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call 473-3808 or the non-emergency line at 668-7000.