COLORADO SPRINGS — New high-tech restrooms at Bancroft Park provide a unique experience but come with a hefty price tag.
The automatic restrooms, which opened about a month ago as part of the park's bandshell project, cost the city $750,000.
The toilets include sliding doors, automatic toilet paper dispensers, and no-touch sinks with a sanitizing wash-down every 30 uses.
"When you walk in, there's a voice that lets you know 'hey, you've got 10 minutes.' You'll be warned, you will be given a warning at about 9 minutes and if the door still has not been pressed to be opened after 10 minutes, there's an alarm that goes off, so that prevents a lot of loitering," said Steve Bodette, Capital Projects Coordinator for Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services.
Parks staff can be remotely alerted when supplies need to be restocked, and the restrooms close on a schedule, reducing the need for maintenance.