andy at mapcenter.com
Fri May 19 13:17:57 CDT 2017
It is a delightful fountain. Did whoever designed it think about how inviting it looks to climb into on a hot day? Any modern, super safe for the delicate kiddies water feature being contemplated will be less fun and less inviting than the fountain.
Police state ambience in the park with signs and fences and stern warnings is a hideous turn-off no matter how pretty the fountain is. Signs like that stimulate vandalism.
I say let the kids play in it and hope it does not break down for a while. When it does, fix it unless repairs will cost more than a new water feature.
It would seem unobjectionable for a neighborhood group to raise funds to improve a park. But what we see in many cities are neatly maintained parks in wealthy neighborhoods and neglected parks elsewhere. When the most politically influential citizens are satisfied with “their" parks, it becomes too easy for the city to cut the parks budget and the rest of the city suffers.
> On May 19, 2017, at 1:46 PM, Aaron Smuts <asmuts at gmail.com> wrote:
> Somehow I think that turning Lippitt Park into Millennium Park is out of the budget. Though it would be nice if we could replace the bird feeder with a miniature version of the Bean!
> They built some kind of water attraction in Billy Taylor Playground at Cypress and Camp. Something like that might be worth looking into. Maybe. I don't know where it would go and what it would look like the 10 months out of the year when it's too cold to be wet outside.
> On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM, Gayle Gifford <gayle at ceffect.com <mailto:gayle at ceffect.com>> wrote:
> I'm also a big fan of the beautiful historic fountain and the effort of neighbors that got it working again after so many years of not working. Those of you interested in a Lippitt Park Conservancy might want to reach out to the Blackstone Parks Conservancy.
> And, splashing in water is irresistible to kids (and grownups too). A waterpark would be a better solution. I hunger for the Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millenniul Park https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_s_publicartcrownfountaininmillenniumpark.html <https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_s_publicartcrownfountaininmillenniumpark.html> ...
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