[Summit] Please don't get in or on the fountain

Martha Fraenkel mfraenkel at gmail.com
Wed May 17 19:54:22 CDT 2017

In Charleston, SC, every city fountain I saw was posted " please do not 
use soap in the fountain".  That is, they literally invite and expect 
you to enjoy the water.

Can we not do better than the endless needless controversy over this 
fountain, which is nice but not THAT nice?   I  support replacing it 
with one we can reliably and safely play in, which would have far more 
amenity than what we have now: a vaguely handsome relic that is reliably 

And now the kids are going to be threatened with arrest for doing what 
kids do?

I agree with Aaron.    Something is wrong here, and not just with the 

And,  when we can't afford to fix or replace this fountain, how about a 
pulldown shower or two, like you have at the beach?  Can we think  fun 
instead of NO fun?

On 5/17/2017 8:32 PM, Aaron Smuts wrote:
> If it is so dangerous and poses a nearly irresistible lure to 
> children, just get rid of it.  And if it's so fragile that it needs to 
> be protected by an array of ugly signs and an ugly fence like the one 
> around the bird feeder obstruction, then it should go.  Get the 
> dangerous eyesore out of the park. . . . Then again, perhaps we could 
> just use some milder chemicals, let children play, and see what 
> happens. If it can't stand up to the weight of a few kids, it's 
> garbage. Old, but still garbage with some sort of maintenance plan 
> that wreaks of corruption. How much was that caulking again?
> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM, Ethan Gyles <ethangy at gmail.com 
> <mailto:ethangy at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     As we get a taste of summer, the Parks Department has asked SNA to
>     relay their plea that folks *do not stand on or get in the water
>     at the Lippitt Park fountain*. Reportedly dozens of people were in
>     it yesterday, and ignored Parks staff who happened to be nearby
>     and alerted them that it was unsafe. It is unsafe because the
>     water is heavily chemically treated and the fountain is historic
>     and may not be able to bear the weight of people without damage.
>     The Parks Department plans to increase their signage in the area
>     with some stern warnings for now, and will be calling the police
>     if folks refuse to get out of the fountain going forward. They
>     also mentioned the idea of setting up a temporary fence all the
>     way around the fountain, which I think would be a shame because it
>     most certainly would be a chain-link eyesore.
>     Please, let's not misuse this public resource or tolerate others
>     doing so.
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