Universal bathrooms coming to the new West Lafayette recreation center

Tuesday night people are invited to a focus group in West Lafayette about the new universal bathrooms. The parks department would like to hear input from the community.

Posted: Jan 8, 2019 12:47 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2019 5:39 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The community is invited to a focus group Tuesday night being held by the West Lafayette Parks Department. The city would like to share the universal bathroom concept with people. These private spaces are being built in the new recreation and aquatics center opening in 2020.

The meeting is being held in the old Happy Hollow elementary school off Salisbury Street at 4 p.m.

The parks department is hosting a focus group to show off this concept. They would also like to hear and know how they can make these spaces better. The bathrooms, changing rooms and showers will all be universal. You will be able to lock the door behind you in all of these spaces.

Parks Superintendent Kathy Lozano said this also eliminates the need for family changing areas.

"Because every changing room is a family changing room," Lozano said. "A young father with a 3-year-old could come in and take his young daughter in at any time and change her and not be afraid of going into the men's locker room with her."

Lozano said this is the way of the future and also cuts down on theft.

"This way the locker area is open, well seen by everyone in the facility at all times," Lozano said. "It will cut down on those opportunities for thieves."

Lozano said the West Lafayette rec center will be the first rec center in the state to have universal bathrooms. The groundbreaking for this new facility will happen in the spring.

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