Great Highway Restrooms Improvement Project

Taraval Restrooms, in the fog


The proposed renovation work includes the following improvements to both the Judah and Taraval locations. Each restroom building is identical so the improvements identified below will be implemented at each site.

  • Demolition of deteriorated features and fixtures;
  • Hazardous material abatement;
  • Salvage and reinstallation of historic wall and floor tiles;
  • Re-roof the structure including five sky lights;
  • Installation of new protective fencing on the roof parapet to prevent roof access;
  • Exterior painting;
  • Installation of new restroom furnishing and fixtures;
  • Realignment of interior staff storage rooms (custodial/gardeners);
  • Structural improvements;
  • Electrical, mechanical and plumbing upgrades;
  • ADA improvements to interior and exterior spaces;
  • New curb ramps;
  • Installation of a sand foot wash station;
  • Minor landscape and irrigation improvements.


This project is anticipated to start construction in August and will completed in the spring. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided for public use on site, during construction.


This project is being funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, as part of the Restroom Renovation Program.


A component of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond is the $11.4 million program for repair and replacement of freestanding restrooms in neighborhood parks. A Restroom Task Force appointed by the Recreation and Park Commission reviewed 31 freestanding restrooms across the City. Of these existing restrooms, 21 are being renovated or replaced under this program. The Great Highway Restrooms were two of the restrooms identified for renovation.

This project involves the renovation of the two Great Highway restrooms located at the intersection of the Great Highway and Judah/Taraval Streets. Built in 1930, these Public Convenience Stations are one story, poured concrete, public restroom building designed in the Classical Revival style.

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