2 On Your Side: Drinking Fountain Flap


IT IS HOT OUT THERE. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HEAT WAVE. SOME KIDS HAVE BEEN WITHOUT A WORKING REFRIGERATED DRINKING FOUNTAIN AT THE LOCAL PARK. PAT: THAT’S NOT GOOD. ONE FRUSTRATED GRANDMA REACHED OUT TO TWO ON YOUR SIDE AND KRISTINE LAZAR GOT RESULTS. REPORTER: LEAVE IT TO GRANDMA TO SPEAK UP. SHE’S NOT TAKING IT. SHE SAYS SHE WANTS THE CITY TO MAKE KIDS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES A PRIORITY, NOT JUST THEIR WEALTHIER NEIGHBORS. WE WERE SHOCKED AT WHAT WE FOUND WHEN WE WENT TO THE PARK EARLIER THIS WEEK. REPORTER: IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE, AND LETS YOU SEE IT, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN USING A GARDEN HOSE TO FILL UP A COOLER FOR KIDS TO DRINK OUT OF AT THIS CITY RUN SUMMER DAYCARE PROGRAM. THE SAME HOSE THEY USED TO WASH THE FLOORS. THEY BEEN DRINKING WATER FROM THE JANITOR’S ROOM WHICH IS NOT GOOD WATER. THAT’S BECAUSE THE MAIN REFRIGERATED DRINKING FOUNTAIN IS BROKEN. HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN BROKEN? HOW LONG HAVE YOU NOT HAVE A WATER FOUNTAIN HERE. FOR OVER SIX MONTHS. REPORTER: MARGARITA SENDS HER TWO GRANDKIDS TO THE SUMMER CAMP. THE HEAT THIS WEEK HAS BEEN IN THE UPPER ’90s. IT’S URGENT FOR THEM TO HAVE WATER. OUR KIDS DESERVE TO HAVE WATER LIKE EVERY OTHER PART. FOR MORE THAN A WEEK, SHE HAS BEEN E-MAILING AND CALLING THE CITY DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS. SHE GOT NOWHERE. THERE EXCUSES WE HAVE OTHER JOBS AND I UNDERSTAND THEY DO, BUT THIS IS A PRIORITY. THAT UP, SHE REACHED OUT TO TWO ON OUR KIDS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE KIDS ON THE WESTSIDE. REPORTER: THE SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM SERVES MOSTLY LOW INCOME FAMILIES. THESE ARE NOT KIDS WHO CAMP WITH FANCY WATER BOTTLES. WE PLAY OVER HERE AND THEN WE GET THIRSTY AND WE PLAY AGAIN AND WE GET THIRSTY. REPORTER: THERE IS ONE OUTDOOR FOUNTAIN NOT ATTACHED TO THE GYM BUT THE WATER COMES OUT WARM AND THE KIDS TELL US THEY DON’T WANT TO DRINK FROM IT. THE HOMELESS PEOPLE USED THE WATER OUTSIDE TO WASH THEMSELVES. REPORTER: WHEN WE REACHED OUT TO THEM, WE WERE TOLD THEY WOULD LOOK INTO IT AND GET BACK TO SPREAD THE VERY NEXT DAY WE SPOTTED CITY CREWS AT THE PARK FIXING THE FOUNTAIN THAT HAD BEEN OUT OF SERVICE FOR MONTHS. THEY SAY THE WORK CREWS WERE NOT HAPPY THAT TWO ON YOUR SIDE WAS THERE, BUT SHE DIDN’T CARE. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY THEY GOT THINGS DONE IT OTHERWISE, WE WOULD STILL BE WAITING. REPORTER: THE CITY CONFIRMED THAT THE FOUNTAIN INSIDE THE GYM IS NOW FIXED AND WORKING FOR THE OUTSIDE PORTION IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. AT LEAST NOW THEY WON’T HAVE TO DRINK WATER FROM THE HOSE. I DID REACH OUT TO THE CITY AND ASKED WHY WAS IT BROKEN FOR SO LONG AND THEY HAVE YET TO GET BACK TO ME WITH A RESPONSE. BUT, AT LEAST THEY HAVE THE WATER NOW. REPORTER: . PAT: THANKS TO GRANDMA FOR GETTING IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND PROVIDING THAT FOR THE CHILDREN. SHE IS OUTSPOKEN ABOUT HER

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4 thoughts on “2 On Your Side: Drinking Fountain Flap

  1. 2:03
    complain that wealthier kids aren't better, but they are to good to drink from the fountain that the homeless use?

  2. Thank you 2 on your side, their is a huge disparity in our City parks, after this segment aired I got the City's attention, well I thought I did, they were very interested in having a dialogue and discussing the many issues that we have in all of our parks in the East Side, sent them a list of concerns, I am yet to hear from there. Little do they know that I am one to stay on the matter and know how to maneuver through the City's bureaucracy and will make sure I am heard and our kids are given what all other kids in the City are given.

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