Sunset Park Sprinkler Stays Dry as Temperatures Climb

By Alan Neuhauser on June 28, 2012 3:13pm 

The sprinkler on the Sunset Park playground has remained dry all summer, parkgoers said.
The sprinkler on the Sunset Park playground has remained dry all summer, parkgoers said.
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SUNSET PARK — As the mercury climbed above 90 degrees Thursday, the sprinkler on the Sunset Park playground, which officials had promised to repair, stayed dry.

City rules require public park sprinklers to be turned on anytime temperatures rise above 80 degrees, officials said, but as temperatures soared last week, the Sunset Park sprinkler remained dry.

"The sprinkler should be on," said 10-year-old Melanie Garcia, who was visiting the park Thursday with her father, James.

Officials scurried to make repairs after a DNAinfo.com New York story on the dry sprinkler.

"There was a leak in the water line that feeds the sprinkler at Sunset Park," Parks Department spokeswoman Meghan Lalor wrote in a Friday email. "We made the repairs and it will be back on tomorrow."

Parkgoers said Thursday, however, that the playground sprinkler has not been turned on at all.

Lalor and the Parks Department press office did not return a call for comment.

"The sprinklers haven't been on," complained Krystal G., 24, a stay-at-home mom who said she regularly brings her son and two daughters, ages 5, 4 and 1, to the Sunset Park playground. "We came on the first day of summer, and we were all excited. We were all in our bathing suits, but no sprinklers."

James Garcia poses for a photo with his daughters, Jessica, 7, and Melanie, 10.
James Garcia poses for a photo with his daughters, Jessica, 7, and Melanie, 10. "The sprinkler should be on," Melanie said.
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