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

Sheila Judkins shejudkins at gmail.com
Thu May 18 10:02:29 CDT 2017


okay so are the chemicals in the water dangerous to kids or are they
regular pool chemicals?

On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 10:57 AM, Annie Voss-Altman <ahava27 at telus.net>
wrote:

> I agree, and not just in Charleston: In Iowa City, IA, Palo Alto, CA,
> Columbia, MO, and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, there are fountains where kids
> strip down to their swimsuits and jump in to escape the summer heat.  If
> this fountain currently can’t handle children, then I agree that the
> solution should be either to fix it or to replace it with one that can.  As
> a city, we want to attract families with young children, and making spaces
> to welcome those children is part of that mission.
>
>
> On May 17, 2017, at 20:54, Martha Fraenkel <mfraenkel at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> 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 broken.
>
> 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
> fountain.
>
> 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> 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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