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Downtown Parks Providing Temporary Restroom Facilities

Post Date:03/24/2020 4:19 PM

In an effort to provide additional access to restroom facilities and to further encourage regular hand-washing for residents experiencing homelessness, Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc., in partnership with the City of Greensboro, is adding temporary additional resources in Center City and LeBauer Parks in downtown Greensboro. 

On Tuesday morning two port-o-johns were placed in Center City Park to supplement public restrooms already on-site. In the coming days, the non-profit organization hopes to add a potable water station as well. As the coronavirus continues to spread, there has been a noticeable increase of residents experiencing homelessness seeking park services such as access to electricity and restroom facilities. 

“Urban parks have always been a vital community asset, but now more than ever we are witnessing just how important these open spaces are,” GDPI Executive Director Rob Overman said. “It is our hope that this action will supplement the work already being done by organizations like the Interactive Resource Center, who are faced with the challenge of serving one of our most vulnerable populations during unprecedented circumstances.” 

While some areas of the downtown parks have been closed to the public, including the Children’s Garden in LeBauer Park, others remain open. “Our goal is to maintain these spaces as long as we can for our community, but we request that visitors to the park maintain social distancing, respect closed areas and refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more,” Overman said. 

All programs and special events in LeBauer and Center City Parks have been postponed until further notice. Contact Overman directly at robo@greensborodowntownparks.org with inquiries pertaining to the suspension of all group activities in the parks. 

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