Everybody has some kind of gripe with the San Jacinto Plaza construction debacle by now. You're either upset at the way it was awarded (mostly me and other contractors), the time it's taking to complete (those who have to pass by it daily) or the lack of places to legally and tactfully relieve yourself (everybody).
I think the problem here started a while ago when the local Chicano racists decided that they didn't want to take up a private developer's offer to design the park for free. The idea being that it would match the adjacent development and provide a nice look and feel for downtown - "synergy." The racists decided that they would hi-jack the design and lay the cost on the taxpayers. The number of stupid ideas for the design of the park was very very high. It's amazing how many dumb ideas one group can have. Once you get stupid going, it's hard to stop it.
Had the developer been able to pay for the design, there would have been world class facilities... er... at least somewhere to pee. In the private world things like bathrooms take precedent over fancy hand rails. In the government world teak handrails take precedence over bathrooms.
Had you seen the plans for this project you would have seen that there are a ton of very expensive cosmetic features in the project (it is likely that the current contractor bid so low thinking he could substitute cheaper materials than specified in the plans - this faulty logic comes from a contractor that does vertical construction and has no park construction experience). The nonfunctional, aesthetic features of this park run the cost of the project up at least a million more than it could have been built with regular materials. A very nice bathroom could have been built if the city had been a lot less interested aesthetics.
I'm sure the pretty teak handrails will still be enjoyable to the eye even as your olfactory senses are raped by the smell of warm piss.