Children's Garden castle toilets open

03 December 2015

Castle toilets have opened in the Children's Gardens at Albury Botanic Gardens and they're fit for a prince or princess.

The toilets will be used by the estimated 50,000 people a year who visit the Children's Gardens and the building houses a child's toilet, an adult's toilet, a change table, an outside drinking fountain, handwash basins and an outside seat. The castle is adorned with ceramic lizards and gargoyles that spout water when it rains.

AlburyCity Deputy Mayor David Thurley praised everyone involved in the project and said they had embraced "the child within" to deliver something special for the children of Albury.

"It's lovely to see the team that has worked on this is aged from their early 60s down to their late 40s," Cr Thurley said.

"They have brought a lifetime of experience to this project and it has awakened a childlike enthusiasm in them."

Cr Thurley said staff came up with the idea of a castle toilet and contacted artist James Cattell, who designed the dinosaurs in the Children's Garden, and he delivered impressive sketches inspired by the Spanish architect Gaudi.

A basic shell was constructed using concrete blocks and then the artist built the castle on top. The cost to build the toilets was $225,000.

Four-year-old Daryl helped Cr Thurley cut the ribbon to open the toilets.

Cr Thurley said it was good to provide separate toilets in the Children's Garden, but it was great to be able to make it a fun, interesting place for Albury's youngest residents. "This is not just a toilet block - it's a work of art," he said.

A total of 370,000 people visit the Albury Botanic Gardens annually and an estimated 50,000 of those use the Children's Gardens.