Public Infrastructure: Drinking Fountains

Access to water is a basic human right and having access to public, free and safe water sources is crucial to making making the city a better place to live.

The City of Toronto has an extensive network of drinking fountains in city parks.  In the city of the size of Toronto one can encounter a variety of drinking fountain models that have been installed throughout the decades and reflect the evolution of residents’ needs.

This beautiful fountain in the St. James Park is over a 100 years old and reflects the fact that back then it not only provided water for the human residents, but also for the horses.

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This model of the water fountain is most common and can be found in the majority of city parks.  Notice that it also has a little step to help kids to access the water source.

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This fountain is located at the Nathan Phillips in front of the Toronto City Hall.  While it has nice clean lines, it is missing the little kids’ step.

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And finally this is most recent model.  Notice that it offers different accessibility options: adult, kids, wheel chair users and even one for dogs.

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