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Pay toilets for Redstone?

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Redstone Community Association isn’t exactly flush with funds to maintain the town’s public restrooms, so representatives came before the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board Thursday seeking financial assistance.

Keeping the restrooms next to Redstone Park clean costs the association $4,200 annually, Ron Sorter told the Open Space Board, meeting in Aspen. The expenditure is a challenge for a group that depends on such fundraisers as annual sleddog races and a July 4 pie sale to fund its various efforts.

The county previously spent open space funds to upgrade the restrooms so they could be open year-round. The facilities have become a destination in and of themselves as the only public restroom between Carbondale and Paonia on Highway 133, Sorter said.

“A lot of people who come to Redstone aren’t coming to shop. They’re coming to use the bathroom,” he said.

Several board members urged the community to consider installing pay toilets, suggesting they might generate a surplus of funds, but two members said they loathed that approach.

Sorter agreed to take the idea back to the association and the board indicated it would be willing to help with the cost of maintaining the restrooms, especially since open space and trails in the area are part of the growing draw to the quaint town, located south of Carbondale.