Statement as issued by Fort Wayne City Utilities:
Fort Wayne, IN – On very warm days such as Fort Wayne is experiencing this weekend, residents may be tempted to open a fire hydrant to provide water in which to cool off. Fort Wayne City Utilities wants residents to know that opening fire hydrants can be extremely dangerous.
Operating a fire hydrant takes specialized tools and experience. Opening a hydrant without this equipment may damage the hydrant preventing it from being used by firefighters in case of emergency. Additionally, the force of the water coming from the hydrants is highly pressurized and can cause injury to those opening and/or playing in the area.
Opening fire hydrants also causes fluctuations in water pressure in the rest of the Fort Wayne Water distribution system. These changes can cause water main breaks.
Instead of opening a hydrant, residents are encouraged to visit one of the seven splash pads operated by the Fort Wayne Department of Parks and Recreation. Splash pads are open this weekend and are a better choice for cool water fun. Splash pads are located in the following parks: Buckner Park, Kreager Park, McMormick Park, Memorial Park, Robert E. Myers Park, Shoaff Park, and Waynedale Park.
Opening fire hydrants is also a violation of City Code.
Free splash pads are located at the following parks:
- Buckner Park, 6114 Bass Road, open noon – 8 p.m. daily
- Kreager Park, 7225 North River Road, open noon - 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekends
- McCormick Park, 2300 Raymond & Holly avenues, open noon - 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekends
- Memorial Park, 2301 Maumee & Glasgow avenues, open noon – 8 p.m. daily
- Robert E. Meyers Park, inside North Gate of Parkview Field on Jefferson Boulevard, open 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. on days without scheduled events.
- Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. weekdays.
- Waynedale Park, 2900 Koons & Elzey streets, open noon - 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekends