A couple of weeks ago I noticed workmen putting up temporary fencing around a quarter of the Coler-Goldwater campus near Lighthouse Park. I wondered what the reason was behind the sudden fencing erection. My first guess was the fencing was there to prevent people using the BBQ area from getting close to the patient rooms' windows or maybe it was an attempt to keep people from urinating so close to the building. Although there are public restrooms located near the BBQ area, it's obvious that not everyone uses the restrooms. It's obvious because it smells like a urinal behind that hospital and let's face the facts, there's a big difference between the smell of human and animal urine. The smell behind the hospital is most definitely the result of human urination.
I asked a workman what the reason was behind the fencing and he told me the fencing was being put up b/c there had been a problem with falling bricks off the hospital structure. I tried to confirm this information with a RIOC Parks & Recreation worker as well as the P&R Director, Michael Smith and both of them told me that didn't have any information about the fencing. The hospital is its own entity, maintains its own grounds and is solely responsible for the building structure and maintenance. They can do whatever work they want on the building and the grounds and don't have to check with RIOC before doing so.
As of now, I don't have any information as to what is going to be done to repair the building and fix the falling bricks problem or when the fencing will be removed. If I do learn anything new, I'll post an update. Until then, be aware of the issue and steer clear of the fenced areas.