When Nature Calls, It's Hard to Find a Restroom on the National Mall
Twenty-five million visitors a year visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. And for those millions, there are 80 public toilets and 26 urinals. What's a guy or gal to do when nature calls?
Fortunately, the National Park Service, which manages the mall, is aware of the problem, as the following snippet from a story in the Baltimore Sun explains:
The National Park Service will address complaints about the lack of toilets as it prepares for its first landscape improvements to the Mall since the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. The agency polled the public last November for suggestions on its Web site and at a symposium about the Mall. Among 5,000 responses received, lack of restrooms was high on the list - along with scant parking, signs and restaurants.
However, according to the story improvements to the mall won't be completed until the Park Service's centennial, in 2016.
"I can see where restrooms would be a desirable addition to the Mall, though I wonder if upkeep would be an issue," Matthew Lombardi, editor of Fodor's travel magazine, told the newspaper. "From what I understand, the restrooms maintained by the NPS at the major monuments to the west of the Mall aren't always as clean as they should be."