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Denver begins testing new traveling restroom on weekends in downtown area

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 17:52:59-04

Don't be surprised if you see a new portable restroom pull up outside a Colorado Rockies game or the Taste of Colorado Festival.

The traveling restroom is part of a new pilot program launched be the City of Denver.

"The community came to us at the city and said 'there is a lack of public restrooms.'  So, we are answering that need. We are working to pilot different solutions," said Nancy Kuhn Denver Public Works spokesperson.

The new mobile restroom will go to select weekend events in downtown Denver through the summer.

It will be moved out each night for cleaning.

"It looks inviting, It's going to be clean, it's accessible and something for the whole community to use," Kuhn said,

Events do not contract with the city to have the mobile restroom.  Organizers still need to make accommodations for restrooms to obtain a a special events permit.

The city will be deciding where the unit stops based on where there will likely be crowds. A full schedule of locations can be found at www.denvergov.org/PublicRestrooms.

On Saturday, the restroom was parked on Wynkoop Street between 17th and 18th Streets for the fan attending the Rockies game.

The mobile restroom pilot initiative is funded by money set aside in the city's 2016 budget.

In March, Denver began testing a mobile restroom on Clarkson street near East Colfax Avenue.

The three stalls are open from noon until midnight daily. The mobile unit is removed nightly to be cleaned.

"It's been overwhelmingly well-received and positive," Khun said.

The city is also working to reactivate existing public restrooms at several locations including Skyline Park.