For Immediate Release
September 06, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is asking for the public to cooperate in keeping individuals and animals out of the fountains at Blackstone and Franklin Parks on Washington Street in the South End.
The City of Boston, in partnership with the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, spent more than $676,000 total to renovate the two iron fountains originally installed around 1850. The fountains were turned on this past August but have shut down at least once a week since then due to the drains clogging with dog hair, human hair, and other debris. The fountain plumbing system is designed to shut down automatically when drains become clogged. Because Blackstone and Franklin are display fountains meant for visual appreciation, the filters in the fountains are not designed to handle materials such as hair and body oils. As a result, this use of water in the basins by people and dogs leads to a greater need for maintenance that could be easily avoided.
The public has alternative City of Boston park locations if seeking water play. For information about the use of park properties please call (617) 635-4505, visit this link for dog recreation information http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/Default.aspx?id=6003 or visit this link for information on water play features for individuals: http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/ttd/sprayfeatures.asp
In October, the City of Boston will begin to shut off all display fountains and water features in parks for the winter months. Until then, the Boston Parks Department will be trying to raise awareness concerning use of the Blackstone and Franklin fountains. The following steps are being taken:
- Social media sites overseen by the Boston Parks Department, the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, and Friends of Blackstone/Franklin Square will be used to post a notice that no wading and no dogs are allowed in the fountains.
- The Department is creating text for signs anticipated to be installed at the fountains regarding the use of the fountains. Historical society officials in the South End will be approached for approval concerning the text and location for the signs.