Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crown Center bans running through fountains

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Everybody ot of the fountains! Its the end of an era at Crown Center.
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Gird yourselves for some family outrage. This morning, Crown Center released a brief message on its website, dropping some news sure to upset kids and parents across the metro: Visitors to the shopping complex will no longer be allowed to run through its rows of fountains.

The statement cites increased crowds at Crown Center, which has caused problems. "With the larger crowds, however, has come a growing concern about the safety of adults and children playing in the Crown Center Square Fountain. The increase in visitors also increases the potential for accidents, or for exposure to water-borne health issues in a facility that was never designed or intended to be a public pool," the release said, in part. Seriously? Did anybody know that these fountains weren't built specifically as a watery playground?

Another reason given for banning the traditional summer activity is "more family-oriented things to see and do" at Crown Center. Presumably, that's a reference to the new Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium. But with tickets costing $15-$19 to both of those attractions, it's hard to argue that they are a decent replacement for free, cooling fountain splashing.

Read the whole statement after the jump.

This summer we've seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to Crown Center. There are now more family-oriented things to see and do at Crown Center and other nearby attractions than ever before. As a result, this area is now a true hub for families from throughout Kansas City and the region to spend time together, and we couldn't be happier about that.

With the larger crowds, however, has come a growing concern about the safety of adults and children playing in the Crown Center Square Fountain. The increase in visitors also increases the potential for accidents, or for exposure to water-borne health issues in a facility that was never designed or intended to be a public pool.

That's why, effective immediately, people will no longer be allowed in the Crown Center Square Fountain. We know this will disappoint many people who have enjoyed a run through the fountains on a hot summer day, but guest safety is our utmost concern. Crown Center Security will ask anyone stepping into the fountains to move to nearby dry areas.

The fountains will continue to operate, and will continue to offer periodic programmed water displays with music recorded by the Kansas City Symphony, so visitors can still enjoy the fountains - just not run through them any more.

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