The City of Mississauga is exploring cost-effective ways to provide washrooms to the public.
A washroom pilot project in Tobias Mason Park will begin this year and will open to the public in fall 2021.
The 20-foot shipping container washroom will be located near the existing spray pad and close to Terragar Boulevard. It will be designed to be accessible, safe and durable. The City anticipates that the pilot project will run for two years and then be reassessed.
Once installed, the washroom will remain open to the public through the fall of 2021. It will re-open for use in spring 2022.
Following installation, the City will be seeking public feedback through an online survey to understand how the location and shipping container washroom are serving the park visitors’ needs.
Frequently asked questions
Shipping containers are repurposed to build many things – from homes to park washrooms. They offer a practical and versatile solution and are very durable. This shipping container, which will be temporarily installed at Tobias Mason Park, is 20 feet in length, has a standard width of 8 feet, and will house two washroom stalls.
The planning criteria used to determine a suitable location for a washroom pilot included the following guidelines:
- The site’s existing park facilities attract visitation for a prolonged period, and there is no public washroom within walking distance of the park (e.g. community centre or library). Tobias Mason Park’s facilities include a playground, two soccer fields, a softball diamond and a spray pad.
- The seasonal washroom pilot fits within existing available, non-programmed space.
- The park’s Open Space OS2 Zoning permits washrooms
- The park has a suitable location with Fire and Emergency services access
- The park’s existing grades are relatively flat so that no extensive grading is required
At this time, the City intends to run the washroom pilot project for two years. Once the pilot is complete, the City will reassess the project.
No, the washroom will not be open during the winter season.
The City standard is to clean washrooms daily; however, seasonal washrooms will have enhanced cleaning protocols during COVID-19.
The washroom pilot will meet requirements for barrier-free washrooms.