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Does the Navy Yard Need a New Fountain?

The BRA is proposing replacing the Shipyard Park feature with a kid-friendly splash pad. But does the community want it?

At the end of last summer, the Boston Redevelopment Authority fenced off the water fountain in the Charlestown Navy Yard's Shipyard Park in an attempt to keep children from playing there.

But for area residents, many who have used the fountain as a way to cool off on hot summer days for more than 30 years, the fence was an outrage.

To help ease the neighborhood's concerns, the BRA developed plans to install a new water play area for kids in the Navy Yard, and on Tuesday officials held a public meeting where they revealed those plans—a new kid-friendly "splash pad" to be located near Navy Yard's existing playground.

But do residents want a replacement? If the Shipyard Park fountain has to remain off limits for children, does the Navy Yard need an alternative spot for folks to cool off and congregate during the summer months? Or should the Yard's green space be preserved?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Just a person! February 16, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Replace the BRA!
Lauren February 16, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Yes please! A splash pad of a material safe for kids (like the plans shown) would be a great addition to our town.
gabor bethlendy February 16, 2013 at 02:56 PM
The current fountain works fine and is safe. There has been no reports of accidents and even if there were when kids play there will always be accident. We cannot insulate our kids from every possible issue in life. It would be better if the BRA just put a lifeguard at the fountain instead of replacing a very unique feature in the Navy Yard.
heehaw February 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Dear Gabor, With as much respect as is due, you are an idiot.
B. Ke February 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Heehaw, your ame says it all. You're the idiot. The BRA just wants to waste$ we do not have. If parents want a bubble boy type water park, let them band together & pay for it. If parents r paying attention to their kids at the park instead of their ipod/pad/ phone, their supervision will keep the kids safe. Parents and pols today seem to want to bleach the life out of our kids lives.. If they skin their knee...its called life !!!
B. Ke February 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM
On the other hand-- ok, make a new park. The neighborhood dogs will love the existing facility! The city won't give us a dog land park.. Lets make this the first Boston dog water park!
heehaw February 17, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Dearest, dearest B. Ke, We can certainly come together on the call for a dog park. However, without respect to our differing attitudes about what it means to be a child or a parent, I think we need to mind the legal realities of our world. Though I doubt that Boston does not have the money for this project, I know that we don't have the money for a lawsuit arising from an accident on city property. In addition, why do you hate children?
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM
No matter what they build, dogs will pee there, kids will fall there and the tax payers will pick up the tab. Liquidate the antiquated "Authorities" of beantown: BRA, MWRA, BHA, MBTA, all the flipping "A's." Shoulda been a state trooper with a secret toll road to call my own...damn!
B. Ke February 17, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Heehaw..i hate people who don't take responsibility for their lives, decisions & children and who want the rest of us to pay for it.
Dan February 17, 2013 at 02:03 PM
The city had two large water displays: Navy Yard and City Hall. The City Hall works was even bigger (you can still see the outline of it in the bricks in the North West corner). It too was deemed unsafe as people would often wade into it. As far as I know no one ever got hurt in it. It's a shame people can't be trusted to use their heads or manage their kids. So beautiful open water works have to be shut down. I wonder what Austin TX is doing with their large water display (seen in many futuristic movies).
Joe February 17, 2013 at 09:24 PM
the real issue was that Flagship Wharf wanted the teenagers and skateboarders out of the park.
Charlestown February 18, 2013 at 02:59 AM
The fountain has served as a welcome relief for decades, as a water feature and play area. Are there statistics of injuries? The decision making could be more transparent. What else is planned for that space?
Dan February 18, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Here's the Fort Worth display also seen in many films - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqFctCc9aYI
jenn June 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM
NO! I bought a condo in the navy yard 8 years ago for a reason. It was quite in the yard, parking was easy, there was no traffic. Foot traffic was mostly comprised of residents of the navy yard, some students and MGH workers. With the increase of foot traffic, noise and car traffic associated with the new Spaulding hospital at the end of the street- THE LAST thing I want is more noise, unsupervised kids from other parts of town . What are the costs associated ?
Joe June 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Ya, townie and project kids stayout! Lets put the marines' back at the gate!
Mae Kels June 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM
"from other parts of town" ......Telling. :)
Larry Fine June 25, 2013 at 01:16 AM
THE LAST thing I want is more noise, unsupervised kids from other parts of town . Seriously lady? Is it your Navy Yard?
jenn June 28, 2013 at 09:14 AM
I am entitled to my opinion. Is the navy yard yours? You are more than welcome to come pay my mortgage, then see if you enjoy the never ending increase in noise from the park across the street. I purchased a condo in the navy yard for its peacefulness as I am sure hundreds others did too. So, I dont want screaming kids in front of my window. PS, No need to call me Lady, no one uses that word anymore.
Dan June 28, 2013 at 07:38 PM
You just can't make everything child proof! Sometimes we just go to far in trying to be the collective parent. Re-open the fountain as a beautiful water display as it was intended to be. Let the kids go down the street to the pool to splash around. And parents teach your kids some common sense! Jumping into the water along the dry docks is just to dangerous! Lastly if you see kids doing this stop them and call the police!
jenn June 28, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Dan, I agree with your nice comment
gabor bethlendy June 29, 2013 at 09:24 AM
If safety is really the issue then it would be valuable to see the injury statistics from the current water feature. Not sure it makes sense to penalize tax paying residents of Charlestown for something that has yet to happen. It may be relevant to compare injuries at the Clougherty pool. That pool is noisy and I imagine has more injuries than the water feature in the Navy Yard yet the BRA is not looking to close that. Why would that be I wonder? Also according to city ordinance children's voices would likely not qualify as noise. Even IF it did the noise would need to be above 60decibles at the nearest neighbor. Doubt it is THAT loud.

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