The old windmill on Windsor waterfront at Mill Street.
Nick Brancaccio / Windsor Star
People fishing all day in Mill Street Park no longer must resort to begging to use the facilities at nearby restaurants or — worse — wearing a diaper.The public washrooms located within the Sandwich-area park’s iconic windmill were reopened last week after a refurbishment. They’d been closed for five years.“The usage of the waterfront has been increasing over the last few years, so it’s great that the washrooms are available now for the folks who are using the waterfront to fish or to hang out or whatever,” Ward 2 Coun. Fabio Costante said this week. He said he had fielded requests from the public to provide washroom facilities in the area at the foot of Mill Street, where several park-like areas are located along the Detroit River.The windmill washrooms in Mill Street Park had been closed after vandalism problems.But the park is now better used and those increasing numbers mean more demand for washrooms, Costante said. He said he was told people had to either scurry up to Sandwich Street and ask local restaurants to use their facilities, or they resorted to diapers. It was a “regular thing” to clean up used adult diapers around the park, Costante said.Related
He relayed concerns about the lack of washrooms to the city’s parks department and asked if it was possible to at least install some port-a-johns. Staff looked into the matter and concluded the best solution was to reopen the windmill washrooms, Costante said.“It’s emblematic of the use of that area and people really enjoying that waterfront area, which is great.”email@example.com