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We all need access to restrooms | Letter to the Editor

I read with interest Mark Nassutti’s piece about his unfortunate experiences in Island Center Forest. What gave credibility and weight to his concern was his ability to admit that he should have had his dog under control with a leash or better training. But humans being human, and dogs being dogs, it’s easy to see why what happened happened.

His comments about deer hunting and gut piles were generally on the mark, and I would support the idea of a Dumpster and a Port-a-Potty at Island Center Forest. But given the fact that our own Vashon Park District can’t keep the restroom open at Jensen Point, this seems a bit out of reach. So was his assumption that the particular human who took a dump near the gut pile was also a hunter. Our parks, whether county- or island-managed, are full of folks of all persuasion who have the same necessity to relieve themselves as the hunting community.

This brings me back to Jensen Point, were the well-lit and appropriately plumbed facility is permanently locked because there’s no money to pay someone to maintain it. I walk the Burton Peninsula every weekend, and while I have a hunting license, I still have to hold it, just like the rowers, the kayakers, the cyclists, the ‘shroom pickers, the grandmothers and the kids. This nonsensical closure is a prime example of what stinks on the island, and until we figure out how to service the park facilities we already have, there will be a lot more poop in the woods.

Me, I’d buy a membership to this bathroom, but that would be elitist and not very public spirited.


— John van Amerongen


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