The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is asking people and their pets to stay out of the recently renovated fountains in the South End’s Blackstone and Franklin Squares.
The Parks Department partnered with the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association on a $676,000 project to renovate the two fountains, but since the decorative iron fountains were turned on in August, they have shut down at least once a week due to the drains clogging with dog hair, human hair, and other debris.
The fountains’ plumbing systems are designed to shut down automatically when drains become clogged and the filters in the fountains are not designed to handle materials such as hair and body oils, according to the department.
“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 department said.
The department is encouraging residents to visit parks that have water facilities that can be played in, and is working to install signs at the fountains informing the public that wading is not allowed in the fountains.
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