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County parks’ bathrooms MIA? Friendly dragonfly?

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:



a flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water: Finn Hilgeman, 2, and his dad, Spencer, toss feed to a pair of geese at Lake Julian Park on Jan. 30, 2020. The pair come to feed the birds about once a week but this was their first trip in a while after January illnesses kept them at home.


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Finn Hilgeman, 2, and his dad, Spencer, toss feed to a pair of geese at Lake Julian Park on Jan. 30, 2020. The pair come to feed the birds about once a week but this was their first trip in a while after January illnesses kept them at home.

Question: With Buncombe County’s parks, the bathrooms still haven’t reopened. Why is that?

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My answer: Hey, I’m sure all the little tykes “holding it” till they get home have not used any alternate “facilities.”

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Real answer: Lillian Govus, director of communications and public engagement with Buncombe County, answered this one.

“We open most restroom facilities only when those facilities are under full operation (i.e. pools, sports facilities, etc),” Govus said. “With COVID-related closures, we obviously were not at full operation.”

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The bathroom status is seasonal under normal conditions, as well.

“Every year, we begin winterizing our bathrooms in October and close the restrooms until April,” Govus said. “Out of all of our facilities, we have currently used portable toilets at two facilities, the remainder of our facilities are operating under their status quo in terms of seasonal bathroom availability and activity levels.”

Buncombe County Parks and Recreation operates the Buncombe County Sports Park, Lake Julian Park, Charles D. Owen Park,  Hominy Valley Park, Collier Cove Nature Preserve and the following river parks: Alexander, Bent Creek, Corcoran Paige, Glen Bridge, Hominy Creek, Ledges Whitewater and Walnut Island.

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As a “general rule of thumb,”

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