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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/26/2010

MoCo recognizes portable toilet donors

By Washington Post editors

Officials with the Montgomery County Department of Parks said they will begin installing banners and signs recognizing folks who stepped forward with donations to keep portable toilets in county parks.

Among the first to be recognized: WTOP and the Long Branch Civic Association. The signs will be placed inside the doors of the sponsored portable toilets. Banners will be put up at several locations in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and Potomac to recognize the park system's most generous sponsor, A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps.

A Step in Time contributed $40,000 -- enough to keep at least one portable toilet in all 80 park locations for a minimum of six months.

“This unexpected sponsorship opportunity has prompted some good thought internally for us about a more fully developed, future corporate sponsorship program for the Department of Parks,” said Park Information Chief Kate Stookey. “We are in the planning stages now, and will look to the community for input to ensure the program enhances rather than overwhelms the park experience.”

Parks officials announced at the end of June they were going to remove portable toilets from 80 park locations as part of a cost cutting effort. Officials offered community members the opportunity to keep the toilets operating in exchange for a sponsorship fee. In July, Director of Parks Mary R. Bradford said community sponsorships combined with other internal budge reductions would allow the system to keep the toilets in place.

Those interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities with the Department of Parks, may contact Kate Stookey at 301-650-2892 or

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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So what do they pay county taxes for there? That wealthy, populous county can not set aside tax money to pay for Porta-johns for their citizens to take care of their most basic of human functions? But, hey, this could be an advertising opportunity between "sponsers" and Parks. I know there is an economic recession like rarely seen before, but that seems to be a time that the locals would want to spend more time in the parks that their tax money pays for. Fund it.

Posted by: opinionatedjerk | August 26, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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