The City Parks Department was first among Water for Riley’s valued partners, helping every way it can. Parks officials acknowledge that Riley Park needs drinking water. The City of Calgary calls this an unfunded priority, meaning a drinking fountain’s need is recognized as a priority and there are no funds for it.
The red oval in the photo shows where a nozzle and bowl should protrude from the wall during the few months the wading pool is open. It’s accessible only from the wading pool area. No dogs are allowed near it, it isn’t close to the children’s playground, and its location isn’t easily reached for the disabled. As the pool season started this year even this drinking bowl wasn’t available.
According to officials in the City Parks Department, many years ago there was a concrete block drinking fountain southeast of the playground, like the one pictured below. The City removed that old fountain and, according to best memory, permanently sealed the water line to it.
The future of drinking water in beautiful Riley Park is up to you.
Help get one of these artistic drinking fountains installed in beautiful Riley Park. All donations greater than $10.00 get a tax receipt from the Parks Foundation. Please donate and specify your support is for the Water for Riley project. Call 403 862 1923 or email for more information or to volunteer.
Water for Riley thanks the City of Calgary for all its help with this project and for the site where the drinking fountain will be installed – once the funds are raised. And thanks to all donors on behalf of all Calgary, past, present and future.