On April 7, city commissioner Nick Fish challenged neighborhood businesses to convert 1,000 single-stall restrooms to all-user restrooms by Labor Day. His challenge comes on the heels of the city’s recent conversion of 600 restrooms.
“The city successfully converted 600 single-stall restrooms to all-user restrooms and I am formally challenging the business community to meet us and beat us,” said Fish. “The goal is 1,000 private sector all-user restrooms in the next 150 days. The support so far from public-spirited businesses has been overwhelming. I am confident the business community will exceed our expectations.”
Matthew Micetic, Venture Portland’s vice president and owner of Red Castle Games, joined Fish in speaking at a kick-off event for the challenge at The Station on Alberta Street. “This small change is good for customers, which means it’s good for business,” said Micetic.
All-user restrooms ensure that facilities are accessible to older adults, parents with young children, people with personal attendants and transgender people. Other all-user restroom partners include AARP, Basic Rights Oregon, Business for a Better Portland, Elders in Action, Main Street Alliance, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, PHLUSH, Portland Area Business Association, Portland Business Alliance and Yelp.
“We applaud the City for making this a challenge rather than a mandate,” said Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “Portland businesses share the City’s value of making our community a welcoming place for everyone, and we look forward to working with commissioner Fish and other members of council to make progress on the goals being announced today.”
The signs will be available on May 1 to kick off National Small Business Week. Businesses interested in purchasing a sign or signs should contact Venture Portland at 503-477-9648 or gro.d1495640648naltr1495640648operu1495640648tnev@1495640648ofni1495640648.
For more information, or to submit a photo of your business’s converted restroom, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/alluserchallenge.