Medford Parks Department and Rogue Valley Transportation District Push Efforts to Prevent Vandalism and Drug Use in Local Parks | Community
Medford – The Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) and the Medford Department of Parks and Recreation Facilities have installed “vandal proof” bathrooms to help reduce damage in frequently visited areas.
These projects have been underway for a few years, the Medford Parks Department installed two vandal resistant bathrooms at Bear Creek Park and Cedar Link Park. Both are equipped with a door in the installation. It locks after park hours allowing people to exit but no one can enter. Stainless steel is difficult to score with a sharp object and the material doors and stalls are made of is easy to remove.
“This particular model was designed by us for our needs. We needed toilets that could accommodate multiple users at once. We wanted to fix the door issues as these are prone to vandalism. We also have issues with actual sinks and basins being vandalized, so we wanted it to be very industrial,” says Tim Stevens, assistant manager of parks and recreation facilities.
This bathroom also has sensors inside that let people outside know there is someone who shouldn’t be there. Medford Parks and Recreation Facilities worked with a company called Romtec in Roseburg to help design their bathroom to their standards.
“The standard we need in Medford parks is a very vandal resistant standard. In our parks we need more capacity than just one use, especially in busy parks we needed toilets that could accommodate more than one person at a time, that’s why we opted for this particular vendor,” Stevens explains.
Drug use is also a problem downtown and in public parks. These bathrooms are equipped with unique LED lights with a blue frequency that aim to reduce drug use. This special light makes it very difficult to find a vain for a person to inject.
“It’s been proven, you’ll see other areas in the valley have it and that’s supposed to help a lot,” says Nick Black, RVTD’s maintenance manager.
Starting Friday, RVTD will officially open its ‘Portland-style washroom’, this durable and very simplistic bathroom is designed for anyone to use. It is made of stainless steel, it is easy to clean and not easy to damage. it has the same features as the vandal-proof bathrooms installed by the Medford Parks Department. The toilets were proposed two years ago, RVTD partnered with the Medford Urban Renewal Agency to purchase the facility.
“We are dealing with very high vandalism and drug use and it is on a daily basis that it costs the district a lot of money to maintain them, so this was a solution to help both reduce costs and help the community,” says Black.
Medford Parks Department and RVTD hope to continue their efforts against vandalism in public parks. These facilities are for the community and they hope it will be a successful long-term solution.
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