May 1, 2010
Fountain, turned back on, quickly attracts the kids
After a winter's hibernation, Racine reanimated the Laurel Clark Memorial Fountain, named in honor of the NASA astronaut killed in the Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003. The spraying water of the splash pad was turned back on Saturday and, as expected, was shortly rediscovered by kids. Despite the morning's chill, half a dozen youngsters were spotted running through the spray around 9 a.m.
Clearly, they hadn't gotten the word that the fountain -- although built with this wonderful summertime activity in mind -- is now off-limits, thanks to a state law implemented in 2005 that the city announced Friday it will now enforce. Violations are subject to a $75 fine.
Unfortunately, either these kids couldn't read, or they didn't notice the KEEP OUT signs affixed to poles high above their heads. The city, we're told, will not be quick to fine kids, or their parents; preferring an education campaign first.
But the new regulations may not go down well. A father we spoke to this morning -- as he watched his kids run through the spray -- said disgustedly, "They should just rip it out. It's like having a big playground with a sign saying 'don't use it.' "