Left: Photo of a police officer removing the eviction notice from Estevan Park. May 2022.
Everyone deserves the right to a dignified place to use the bathroom. There are very few public bathrooms to begin with, and too often the ones that are available are locked.
The Bathroom Access Coalition is a group of concerned community members, as well as grassroots collectives and direct service organizations, including social workers, business owners, residents, and service providers. We are dedicated to making all public bathrooms, particularly public park bathrooms, accessible and safe for all Tucson community members.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month virtually at 4pm. For information on how to join, please email Ashley Edgette at email@example.com
1) Attend a Bathroom Access Coalition meeting (if you want, no pressure!), where we can strategize about how to support your effort. Here is our email address for getting in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Collect information for some period of time (e.g. one month) on whether the bathroom is open, clean, and stocked
o Red: closed Yellow: open but broken/not stocked/dirty Green: open, stocked and functioning.
3) Think about other groups or residents who may also use the park and the park bathroom who would have an interest in an accessible bathroom (sports teams, groups that bring children to the park, local residents). Building a highly local coalition is powerful.
Promote the lack of access on social media (Example from Estavan Park, Another Example from Estevan Park)
4) Follow up with City, Parks Department and Ward Office members.
5) Throw an event at your bathroom to either celebrate improved service/accessibility or to highlight continued lack of accessibility (We had a party with music, food, and drinks at Estevan Park)
6) Send gestures of appreciation to relevant Ward or Parks Dept staff who are responsible for improved access at your park.
Website creation supported with funding from the City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department and Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness.