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Council Continues to Support Small Businesses and Growing Families

No one wants to be in a situation with a baby who needs a diaper change and nothing available but the bathroom floor.

In response to a constituent concern, Council created a diaper changing station grant program. The goal of this program was to increase equal access to diaper changing stations in small businesses and organizations for all parents and guardians in the City of Columbus.

“I am grateful that small businesses and residents of Columbus took advantage of this program,” said Council President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano. “Columbus is home to the modern family, where both parents share equal and interchangeable responsibilities. I want local facilities and our local governance to reflect that.”

Council distributed nearly 100 changing stations through the grant program. 

“Since installing our changing station, we have gotten great feedback from many of the parents who patronize our business,” said Letha Pugh, owner of Bake Me Happy. “This is especially the case with the growing number of dads frequenting the shop. We are so grateful for the support of the Columbus City Council and its efforts to make our businesses accessible to all.”

"As a dad who has changed a lot of diapers in sub-optimal environments, options to change diapers in a clean, warm and safe environment when out and about are limited,” said Walt Keys, creative director and co-founder of The Land-Grant Brewing Company. “As a business owner whose daughter spends a good deal of time at the office with both parents, it was a no-brainer for us to install changing stations in both restrooms.”

Businesses and other organizations with 50 or fewer employees and located in the City of Columbus were able to apply for the grant.

“After installation, we found that the stations are not merely a friendly convenience but a necessity for our customers with young children," Keys continued.

The Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks has also begun the process of installing equally accessible changing stations in recreations centers throughout the City.

"Columbus Recreation and Parks prides itself on being open for all and making our community centers feel as welcoming as possible,” said Tony Collins, Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “As a father myself, I am proud that we are able to be part of this initiative to provide changing stations for everyone.”