Restrooms in Shopping malls etc
Public restrooms in parks and green permanent public toilets
PIT STOP-Green permanent public toilets and temporary toilets
Probably you agree that we don’t see many public restrooms in San Francisco, but I think there are more than you think and the number of restrooms are increasing. Here is the list of them for your convenience.
●Downtown: Around Union Square
・Macy’s-first basement floor etc
It’s a department store in front of Union Square.
170 O’Farrell Street
・Nordstrom-first basement floor
It’s a Shopping mall connected to the Westfield.
865 Market Street
The rest room is behind the food court as seen from the Mission St side on the first floor of the building that has AMC.
789 Mission Street
・There is a permanent green toilet. Google Map says that it is a paid toilet, but there is also a report in the Internet that says it is free of charge.
・There is a permanent green toilet.
・There is a permanent green toilet managed as PIT STOP you see below.
・There is a public restroom in Portsmouth Square. Previously it has a tiled roof, but it has renovated in 2014-2015.
The following photo is the one before renovation.
・Washington Square has a public restroom in the park.
・It also has a permanent green toilet managed as PIT STOP you see below.
・There is a restroom in the street where a Subway is located, but it seems that it is necessary to ask the store person for the password and unlock it.
・It’s near the turntable of the cable car Powell-Mason Line.
There is a permanent green toilet near the turntable of the cable car. Google Map says that it’s a paid toilet.
・Hyde St. Pier
●Presidio of San Francisco
●Golden Gate Bridge
・There is a public restroom next to the parking lot at the observatory park on the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
If you walk across the bridge, it takes about 30 minutes and there is no restroom on the bridge. There is one at the observatory Vista Point just across the bridge, but it seems not very clean.
●Golden Gate Park
・de Young Museum
・California Academy of Sciences
・Golden Gate Park has several public restrooms in the park.
●Lands End Lookout
●Alamo Square Park
・Alamo Square Park has public restrooms in the park.
You might go to Alamo Square and see the “Painted Ladies”, which are 19th Century Victorian style houses and are famous as the location for the US drama “Full House”.
・Lafayette Park has a public restroom in the park.
●Alta Plaza Park
・Alta Plaza Park has a public restroom in the park.
●Mission Dolores Park
・Mission Dolores Park has a public restroom in the park. I see a report on the internet that says it is surprisingly clean.
As of 2019, there are 25 public restrooms managed by SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC WORKS and called PIT STOP, which are mainly in downtown San Francisco. It started in 2014 at three locations in Tenderloin, San Francisco.
Pit Stop means stopping in the pit for refueling or repairing during a car race, or a toilet break during a long-distance drive.
According to the introductory video of PIT STOP in SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC WORKS YouTube channel, in June 2014, Public Works received and responded to 967 reports of human excrement on the streets and sidewalks throughout the city and 55 percent of them were in the Tenderloin.
Instead of doing the cleaning every time, this program is to install public restrooms. It does not simply represent public toilets, but they also install trash cans for used needles and free bags for pet dung, and manage them by assigning cleaning/maintenance staff.
They manage both preexisted permanent green restrooms and portable toilets on trolleys, which I think are installed in the predetermined place only for a fixed time.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC WORKSのPIT STOP
You can see the map.
Introductory video of PIT STOP in SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC WORKS YouTube channel
Tenderloin Pit Stop Brings Relief to the Neighborhood
SF’s new approach to public toilets – EP.0007
The location of PIT STOP are listed on the SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC WORKS website but some of them are in unsafe area, so be careful when you choose the restroom you are going.
•Mendell Plaza – Mon-Fri – 9am to 5pm
•Market and Castro streets (JCDecaux) – Open 24 hours
•Market and Church streets (JCDecaux) – Daily – 9am to 8pm
•Grove and Larkin streets (JCDecaux) – Daily – 7am to 8pm
•Embarcadero Plaza (JCDecaux) – Daily – 9am to 8pm
•Haight and Buena Vista Ave West – Mon-Fri – 12pm to 7pm
•Stanyan and Waller streets (JCDecaux) – Daily – 9am to 8pm
•Myrtle and Larkin streets (JCDecaux) – Daily – 9am to 8pm
•16th and Capp streets – Mon-Fri – 11am to 6pm
•16th and Mission streets (JCDecaux) – Daily – 9am to 8pm
•24th and Mission streets (JCDecaux) – Daily – 9am to 8pm
•Mission and Sycamore streets – Mon-Fri – 12:30pm to 7:30pm
•Washington Square at Union St. (JCDecaux) – Daily – 9am to 8pm
•Great Highway near Beach Chalet – Mon-Fri – 12 noon to 7 pm
•Judah and La Playa streets (Rec Park) – Daily – 9am to 4pm
•Valencia and McCoppin streets – Mon-Fri – 10:30am to 5:30pm
I can not find this on the map. Instead, I have found the following locations on the map.
•9th and Natoma street
•6th and Jessie streets – Open 24 hours
•Victoria Manalo Draves Park (Rec Park) – Mon-Fri – 8am to 4pm; Sat-Sun – 9am to 5pm
•133 Golden Gate Ave. – Mon-Fri – 2pm to 9pm; Sat – 9am to 4pm
•101 Hyde St. – Mon-Fri – 1:30pm to 8:30pm; Sat – 9:30am to 4:30pm
•Eddy St. and Jones St. (JCDecaux) – Open 24 hours
•388 Ellis St. – Mon-Fri – 9am – 4pm; Saturday 9am to 4pm
•Eddy St. and Larkin St. – Mon-Sat – 9:30am – 4:30pm