Alfred Jenkins Field House bathroom request made

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Prince Albert Seniors Walking Club president Ann LeClerc speaks at Monday’s city council meeting, during which she requested the city build a washroom on the third floor of the Alfred Jenkins Field House. 

Seniors get enough of a workout walking the Alfred Jenkins Field House track without having to do the “gotta’ go pee dance.”


Prince Albert Seniors Walking Club president Ann LeClerc made the argument for a third floor washroom during Monday’s city council meeting.

“We walk five days a week, Monday to Friday, any time between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.,” she said of the rapidly growing group, which as of this week was at 76 members.

“There’s a large amount of people who are in the seniors club, and there are others walking that same time -- not necessarily seniors.”

When it comes to the senior track users, some have difficulty making it to what LeClerc describes in her correspondence to council as a “distant washroom.”

LeClerc notes that this is the second time she’s made a third floor washroom request, with the past incarnation of city council declining to include it in the 2012 budget.

A petition with 101 Alfred Jenkins Field House users backing a third floor washroom faced past council during their Dec. 12, 2011 meeting.

At Monday’s meeting, Coun. Don Cody led the pack in supporting the request.

“I think it’s an item which has to have some very serious consideration, because I had several phone calls,” Cody told council “I don’t get many phone calls on issues, but I did get several this time.

There’s a large amount of people who are in the seniors club, and there are others walking that same time -- not necessarily seniors. Ann LeClerc

“I was actually talked to at a function I was at by two or three ladies, and they were quite adamant that there should be a washroom here, and I’m certainly very much in agreement with that.

“I just don’t believe that we never put the washroom to start with, but nevertheless I guess that was planning of the day.”

Coun. Mark Tweidt clarified that the washroom was roughed-in but never completed -- a project left unfinished due to what Coun. Ted Zurakowski called a matter of budgetary pressures.

“It’s always dollars and cents, but I think it’s time,” LeClerc concluded.

Agreeing with this sentiment, the city’s elected officials motioned to have LeClerc’s request go to both community services and upcoming budgetary discussions.

“It is well-used,” Mayor Greg Dionne concluded. “We’ll work on it, because I did see yesterday there was some need.”

Organizations: Alfred Jenkins Field House, Prince Albert Seniors Walking Club

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  • Alvin Roberts
    December 12, 2013 - 12:10

    I believe this will be a huge waste of taxpayers money. If you actually take your walking seriously, take a few steps to get to a washroom. Stop in on your way up to the track! That is for everyone, not just seniors. I am a senior and I think I would take the extra steps before I would expect the city to install washrooms for a few people on a third floor!!