The City of Campbell River says it has closed multiple public washrooms as a result of repeated acts of vandalism that will cost thousands of dollars in damage.
According to the city, it has been experiencing significant, repeated acts of vandalism at public facilities across the region.
As a result at least five public washroom locations are currently closed as the city works to restore the facilities to working order.
City staff are currently working to repair the severely damaged facilities, however, due to supply chain issues, some replacement items have been delayed, which is elongating the process.
“These acts of vandalism are unacceptable and costly,” says Drew Hadfield, director of operations. “Public washrooms are an essential community amenity, relied on by many.”
Campbell River says that the following facilities are currently closed:
- Robert Ostler Park – washrooms closed due to vandalism. A portable toilet is installed (non-accessible) and signs have been posed to indicate locations of nearby washrooms.
- Robron Park (parking lot off of Merecroft Rd) – washrooms closed due to vandalism.
- Rotary Field House –washrooms closed due to vandalism. A portable washroom has been installed. Repairs are scheduled to be complete by April 11.
- Nunns Creek Park – washrooms closed due to vandalism. These facilities require a full rebuild. A portable toilet has been placed and is also subject to repeated vandalism.
- Centennial Park – washrooms require repairs due to vandalism prior to pool opening.
The City notes that the Splashpark public washrooms and the Ken Forde Boat Ramp, Simms Creek Lift Station, and pit toilets at Rotary Beach, Frank James Park, McIvor Lake, and Dick Murphy Park are all still in working order.
Campbell River says that the Robron Fieldhouse vandalism alone will cost the City an estimated $10,000, while other current washroom damages equate to an additional $7,000.