Everything Old is New Again
- Moved by the death of a 4-year-old boy run over by an SUV while frolicking in the water from an open fire hydrant, an influential alderman suggested Thursday that inner-city parks be turned into water playgrounds.
- At Thursday's City Council meeting, Finance Committee Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th) proposed a solution to the chronic problem. He introduced a resolution that calls for City Council hearings to explore the possibility of adding "recreational sprays and water devices."
- Burke's resolution calls for "significantly improved public access to water recreational activities which could deter fire hydrant openings." The program would be targeted to "areas of greatest need that feature the highest concentrations of incidents" of open hydrants.
As one of our more astute readers pointed out, the 4 year old child who was allowed to play unsupervised in the criminally opened hydrant, lived four blocks from Ogden Park - location of a brand new million dollar spray and splash park. The fact that his parents and neighbors were a bit too "unwilling" to maybe organize an outing for the children instead of illegally opening a hydrant speaks volumes.
Back in the 1960's, during the MLK marches, Old Man Daley started a program of portable pools, sprinklers and spray devices in the poor inner city. The late Mike Royko quoted civil rights activists as saying that perhaps Daley wanted them all to grow gills and swim away. Burke just appears to be pandering for votes.
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