Prospect Park Debuted Freeze-Resistant Drinking Fountains During Last Week’s Frigid Weather

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PROSPECT PARK – Just before members of the Prospect Park Track Club took off on their annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, November 22, Council Member Brad Lander and Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue unveiled the park’s new freeze resistant drinking fountains.

Council Member Brad Lander and Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue unveil one of the new freeze resistant drinking fountains (Photo by Paul Martinka)

The Park’s standard water fountains are not available to use during cold winter months. Last Thursday’s arctic temperatures proved the perfect day to debut the new fountains as runners were able to stop for a drink or fill up their water bottles without having to worry about the water freezing over.

Council Member Lander provided the $175,000 in funding for the four fountains through District 39’s Participatory Budgeting process. The project was one of eight winners on the 2016 Participatory Budgeting Capital Projects Ballot for his district. Another winning capital project from that year—a $140,000 aquatic weed harvester—was christened the Floating Goat on November 16.

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The Prospect Park Alliance has installed the four year-round, freeze-resistant drinking fountains along the Prospect Park Drive. Prospect Park offers miles of paths for runners of all levels as well as walkers, including a 3.36-mile running lane along the Park Drive. Learn more at prospectpark.org.

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