After last year’s success, the Friends of the Public Garden, in partnership with the City of Boston, is excited to continue a pilot program for restroom facilities on Boston Common. The Friends wishes to thank the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust for their very generous gift to fund this program that increases the availability of restrooms on the Common, given the great need in our parks for such facilities. The restroom trailer is wrapped in an 1848 image of a the Water Celebration on at the Frog Pond, which celebrated the arrival of municipal water to the city. The facility will remain open through October.

It is located along MacArthur Mall, halfway between the Charles/Beacon entrance to the Common and the mid-block crossing of Charles Street. This location allows the unit to be used by Public Garden visitors as well as visitors to the Common, and is adjacent to the necessary electrical hookup.

The unit has:

  • 3 women’s stalls and a sink
  • 1 men’s stall, 3 urinals, and a sink
  • 1 ADA restroom with toilet and sink
  • Baby changing station
  • Security person on site, in a kiosk next to the unit, during hours of operation
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned every 4 hours, and regularly pumped out
  • Hours of operation from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

We are excited to continue this pilot program for a second year. Depending on what we learn, it will return again next summer – while the Boston Common Master Plan process is being undertaken. What we learn during this pilot, and what we hear during the master planning process, will inform proposals for increased permanent restroom facilities on the Common.

Please feel free to contact the Friends with any questions you may have. We are committed to continuing this as a high-quality pilot program, in terms of cleanliness, safety, and security.