Committee: Community Resources
Location: Parks and playgrounds without fountains
Short Description: Install new water fountain/bottle-fillers at up to 10 parks that lack drinking water fixtures. This will ensure that more residents can enjoy free, clean, drinking water at their local park, no matter which neighborhood they call home.
Long Description: About one third of Cambridge parks do not have drinking fountains. Installing more drinking fountains will provide Cambridge residents with access to free drinking water as they pass through parks. This would particularly impact people who regularly spend time at parks, including young children and their caretakers, the elderly, joggers, and the homeless.
If this proposal passes, the City will install combination water fountain/bottle-fillers at up to 10 parks, pending a review of which parks currently lack fountains and are feasible installation sites. Cambridge residents who submitted Participatory Budgeting ideas included requests to prioritize fountains for parks with playgrounds and sites near the Paul Dudley Path around the Charles River. These requests will be taken into consideration when determining locations. The City estimates that each water fountain/bottle fill station will cost $10,000, including possible additional water line work needed.
Example of the type of water fountain/bottle-filler that will be installed at parks that currently lack drinking water fixtures. One was recently installed at Russell Field.
This map shows an estimate of which parks currently lack drinking fountains. Water fountain/bottle-fillers would be installed at up to 10 parks.