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Odessa Parks Close Restrooms Due to Drugs, Sexual Activity

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By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- If you're heading out to the park with your kids, you may want to use the restroom before you go. City officials have closed down all public bathrooms in recreational areas and vandalism is not the only reason why, officials have also found evidence of drug use and sexual activity. 

"The staff has found drug paraphernalia, they have found condoms, they have found feces smeared on the wall and they have even walked in on individuals having sex in the bathroom," Andrea Goodson, Public Information Coordinator for Odessa, said.

The restrooms are closed to the general public but some people will still have access.

"Anyone who rents the facilities, say if they rent the pavilion or rent a facility at the park, they will be issued a key for the bathroom so that party could use the bathroom. All the sports associations will have keys so if they have games or practices they can use the bathroom then as well," Goodson said.

Some residents say not having bathrooms will still be a hassle.

"It's very inconvenient to not be able to take your three year old who's potty training when he's got to go, he's got to go. Diaper changes are an issue, it means running back the car to do all of that," Park Visitor and Mom, Jessica Karnes, said.

But the city says it's all for the good of the people of Odessa.

"The decision was made to close the facilities for the safety and security of the park patrons, primarily the children," Goodson said.

The restrooms typically close on November first for the winter, but as of now, there is no set time frame of when the restrooms will be up and running again for the public to use.

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