New Public Restroom Downtown is Open for “Business”

Published on June 08, 2021

Rendering of a new fixed public restroom on Champa Street just off the 16th Street Mall.

Denver – Just as more people are getting out and about and activity is increasing downtown, the city is providing people a new place to “go”.  A new fixed public restroom on Champa Street just off the 16th Street Mall, considered a first-of-its-kind for Denver, is now up and running as an amenity for all those who visit the area. 

The new restroom, with its colorful and inviting blue wrap, offers a convenient and safe facility for all to use. It has an attendant to keep the unit tidy during operational hours from 6:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Sunday, as well as touchless handwashing, an internal, self-cleaning and disinfectant system, and space to queue – all critical features during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Providing residents and visitors access to a comfortable, clean restroom meets a basic and universal human need and we’re proud to deliver this facility to the people of Denver,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “By making restroom facilities more accessible to all, we increase people’s ability to get out and enjoy our downtown area with confidence and improve quality of life and the way our city looks and functions.” 

Denver began piloting mobile public restrooms in 2016, prioritizing safety and cleanliness of the units, and with the goal of testing different sites to inform a successful location for a fixed facility. 

"I'm proud to have worked with city agencies to launch the creative, mobile restroom program that expanded access to sanitation for those who are away from home or living without one in Central Denver," said At-large Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech. "Today the vision of using what we've learned from the mobile restroom pilot to create lasting infrastructure takes a step forward on our beloved 16th Street Mall. I look forward to building upon this success to ensure our infrastructure matches the vibrancy and needs of our city." 

The new facility measuring 18’ long is installed in what was previously a parking lane and has two restrooms, including an accessible restroom, an area for an attendant, and additional amenities that include: 

  • Increased walkway to allow for socially distant queuing
  • Building and site lighting to increase visibility
  • Security cameras to enhance safety
  • Full time attendant
  • Coming soon: raised planters and shade and tree canopies, similar to what’s shown in the attached rendering 

Denver purchased the restroom facility for approximately $350,000 using federal Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) and will operate the unit moving forward with Wastewater Enterprise funds from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI). 

As a reminder to the public, just a few blocks away in Skyline Park at Arapahoe Street and the 16th Street Mall, another public restroom is in operation with an attendant on site. Locations and hours of available public restrooms downtown and in central Denver can be found at www.denvergov.org/publicrestrooms.