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Heritage Park is a Man's dining room and bathroom

Original post made by Baba, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Nov 12, 2007

Around mid morning today, I witnessed a man coming across Homer and entering Heritage park with heavy tote bags. He enjoyed a large picnic meal at the table adjacent to the new playground. I have no complaints about this as he kept to himself. However, when he used the water fountain to wash his face and to lather and shave his beard I thought this was using the park to excess. Is there a rule about washing yourself in the public drinking fountain? I love the new park as do my grandchildren. Perhaps we need more vigilance during the day as well as the night.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 12, 2007 at 5:42 pm

find the dude a place to live and then he won't have to shave in the park.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 12, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Find the dude a place to live, then there will be two more in Heritage Park to take his place.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 12, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Did you offer the man your bathroom to shave in?

What would Jesus do?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 12, 2007 at 6:39 pm

Now you can understand why several years ago SF closed down all their fountains. Why the powers that be even included a fountain in the design for Heritage Park is beyond me. Close the fountain down.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 12, 2007 at 7:37 pm

now I know why my daughter told me she felt sick after returning home from Eleanor Pardee Park, where she had taken a drink from a drinking fountain. I said maybe someone had let their dog drink from the fountain...and I told her to not use park fountains again. But, shaving, I had not heard of that one.

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Posted by jj
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Installed a card reader on the fountain and only palo alto residents with a citizen card are allowed use the fountain. Problem solved.

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Posted by Walker
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2007 at 5:52 am

Well, at least he didn't urinate into the fountain.

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Posted by Opportunity locator
a resident of Ventura
on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Post a sign in each park that encourages folks to take advantage of our new Opportunity Center (Encina and El Camino) where they can get showers, food, and many other services
Web Link

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Posted by carrie
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 14, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Well, Opportunity locator, I think you are on the right track......even if I would not really want such signage cluttering up our parks. And least you are trying to be constructive. (And you may be surprised to know that most of these types already know about such places, anyway. They just choose not to use them.) And to everyone who thinks this is funny, or somehow even remotely OK, I say we sign THEM up to let THEM host this man (and his ilk) @ THEIR home.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2007 at 9:10 am

It is for reasons like this that all our parks should have bathrooms. Nothing fancy, but at least it would keep the rest of the park clean. As a parent who has taken kids to parks without bathrooms for baseball and soccer games, I ask you, what are the kids supposed to do?

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Posted by NL
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 15, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Parent, how much do you suppose it will cost the city to keep bathrooms clean in every park in the City? Maybe we can just leave them dirty and smelly like the ones in the park near me.

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