With baseball and softball season upon us, parents and grandparents are voicing concerns about the latest closure of the Tapiola bathrooms.
Vandals struck the area again, this time removing the sinks from the walls in one of the mens restrooms. But for those attending the games, many are wondering where to go in the event they have to go.
Dave Patterson, whose grandson Kai Brown plays for Astoria High School, said the bathrooms have been closed on and off all season. And although he agrees the vandalism is an issue, he says visiting teams have nowhere to change their clothes. He also said those wanting to watch the games shouldnt have to worry about restroom accessibility. He says he hopes the city will bring in portable restrooms for any future events.
I know this is the last year, Patterson said of the new sports complex being constructed on Williamsport Road. But this vandalism isnt anything new. Its been going on for 30 or 40 years. Its an ongoing problem, but bring in some Porta Potties for a school function. I dont think youre allowed to have a function without a bathroom.
Vandalism in the citys bathrooms including Tapiola, the Exchange Street bathrooms and the Doughboy has been an ongoing issue that the Astoria Parks Department and Police Department are trying to deal with.
Phil Elkins, the maintenance supervisor of parks, said the two womens restroom facilities and one mens facility are open currently. The second mens facility will be open in time for Thursdays game, Elkins said.