Stone-cold steaming: Slopers irate over delayed installation of non-freezing fountains in P’Park

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This frost-resistant-fountain project is frozen in place!

Prospect Park joggers are furious that meadow keepers have yet to install three out of four non-freezing water fountains that they promised to debut by Thanksgiving.

“It’s an issue of government accountabi­lity,” said Redmond Haskin, a Park Slope resident and avid runner. “Don’t promise something and then blow by it.”

Locals in 2016 voted to fund the four fountains — which cost taxpayers some $175,000, but retail for a modest $2,000 each — via Park Slope Councilman Brad Lander’s participatory-budgeting initiative.

And last moth, Lander and meadow stewards with the Prospect Park Alliance announced the arrival of the ever-flowing H20 dispensers, which are supposed to hydrate park-goers between November and April, when the standard water fountains in Brooklyn’s Backyard are switched off.

But locals looking to quench their thirst since then said no fountains arrived after workers installed the first new contraption near Vanderbilt Playground ahead of the Prospect Park Track Club’s Turkey Trot run on Thanksgiving Day.

“They were eager to have one working so they could have an event before the Turkey Trot,” said Stanely Greenberg, who bicycles through the park regularly. “I was impressed by the speed of construction, and surprised by how it just stopped.”

Alliance leaders blamed the delay on bad weather, according to the group’s spokeswoman Deborah Kirschner, who said rain and freezing temperatures stalled the excavation work necessary to hook up the rest of the fountains, which will be connected to waterlines buried deep enough that they won’t ice over.

And there is not a set date for the three remaining fountains to debut, according to Kirschner, who said one going in near the park’s Garfield Place entrance will likely be installed next, followed by the last two at Ball Fields 6 and 7.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, December 24, 2018
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Janet from Park Slope says:
Knowing that the water line construction would be impossible in freezing weather, I was thrilled that one fountain was installed, even if the motivations included a photo op. Most Park regulars had been hoping for the new fountains in the spring.
Dec. 24, 2018, 10:29 am
Mike from North Crown Heights says:
Massively huge concern, good for Park Slopers, everything else pales compared to their drinking fountains.
Dec. 27, 2018, 1:12 pm
cobblehillite from cobble hill says:
The fact that scarce city resources are being used to fund a project for a multi-million dollar non-profit (the Prospect Park Alliance) is not a great use. If the cost of the fountains was cheaper not going through government, why wouldnt the PPA raise money or do a gofundme, freeing up city funds to help NYCHA tenants or some other more vital use. this is a vanity project
Dec. 30, 2018, 5:16 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Sure, give it to these spoilt white people! Not to us thirsty Chinese Puerto Rican’s! We get nothing!!!!
Jan. 2, 2019, 6:08 pm

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