Overnight vandalism closes bogs close to Balboa Park playground.
SAN DIEGO — Every morning, metropolis crews clear up the restrooms at the Sixth Avenue playground in Balboa Bark. And, virtually each night, the bogs get trashed and vandalized once more.
“They’re disgusting. They’re so unsanitary. My feet are disgusting. There’s pee and other stuff,” mentioned a grandmother from Georgia, visiting the playground together with her grandson.
On Tuesday morning, solely two of the 5 restrooms had been open. The relaxation had been ‘out of order’ due to damaged locks and clogged bogs.
“There have been a lot of hypodermic needles flushed down the toilet and now, they’re blocking the pipes,” mentioned neighbor Sarah Hernholm.
Hernholm contacted CBS 8 weeks in the past, asking for assist.
We’ve aired a number of reviews exhibiting the issue and the efforts to repair it, together with an online petition to get the restrooms locked at night.
San Diego City Councilman Stephen Whitburn (District 3) responded with a proposal Tuesday, emailing CBS 8 the next assertion:
“After meeting with concerned neighborhood residents who have shared stories, pictures, and videos, I have requested that the bathrooms at the 6th Ave playground be closed from 8 pm- 6 am. When bathrooms are left in unusable condition, they don’t benefit park visitors, neighborhood children, unhoused individuals, or anyone else.”
Not everyone seems to be glad concerning the proposal to lock the restrooms in a single day.
Chris Hinojosa, 61, is disabled and lives in a downtown resort shelter for the homeless. He mentioned he often makes use of the restroom within the night hours.
Hinojosa mentioned he doesn’t condone vandalism to the restrooms however believes they need to keep open 24 hours.
“There isn’t any public bathrooms hardly anywhere that you can use. In case of an emergency, it’s good to know that there’s a bathroom that’s open,” he mentioned.
Mayor Todd Gloria’s office confirmed he’s engaged on the difficulty, within the following assertion to CBS 8.
“Mayor Gloria acknowledges the intense safety points surrounding the general public restrooms alongside Sixth Avenue. He appreciates Councilmember Whitburn’s management on this problem and is working carefully with him to discover a resolution that strikes an acceptable stability between offering public entry to bogs and defending public services and public security.”
A remaining resolution on the difficulty doesn’t have to go earlier than the San Diego City Council.
The metropolis’s Parks and Recreation division can resolve whether or not to lock the restrooms in a single day with path from the mayor and council member.
WATCH RELATED: Volunteers return to wash up filthy Balboa Park playground (May 2022)