DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque city leaders recently took some criticism for how much they spent building a downtown public restroom. Now people want the city to build another restroom just a few blocks away. The city is considering it.
Dubuque spent $375,000 to build the public restroom that sits at the corner of 5th and Bluff Streets.
Now, 13 blocks away, residents say the city needs to build a public restroom near Jackson Park.
All is calm as the thick snow covers Jackson Park. But Marcos Rubinstein is thinking about summer-time and the one thing he says this busy park is missing.
Rubinstein said, "There is no place for those kids to go to the restroom. "
Rubinstein, who's wife is a city parks and recreation commissoner, says he's been asking the city to build a public restroom in Jackson Park for almost a decade.
"We are not asking for something controversial. We're just asking for some basic social justice," said Rubinstein.
He re-ignited his plea for a public restroom in the park, when learned how much the city spent to build the restroom on 5th and Bluff Streets.
Rubinstein said, "I don't think we need such a sophisticated thing in this area. "
City Council Member Ric Jones defends the $375,000 price tag that came along with the Bluff Street Bathroom.
Jones said, "one criticism we hear is we could build a whole house for the cost of that. Well, yeah, you could, but not one that's all bathrooms and that's going to be vandal and weather proof for a long long time. "
Jones says something similar, but on a smaller scale, might be in order for Jackson Park.
"It's time for a conversation to happen and we'll see where that takes us," said Jones.