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This might not be the most exciting to some, but I just wanted to share about how much I appreciate the city of Long Beach replacing the jank drinking fountains that used to line the beach path I run along with THESE! First off, the old ones were pretty ghetto and looked like you could have contracted some disease just by taking a drink from them. Now, I’m no engineer but these new ones are AMAZING. When I was on my run the other day I saw them and I had to stop, I was that excited. Yes, I’m that lame. So I went over and inspected them.

THEY ARE GENIUS! First off, the fountain is on a slight, slight angle so the water drains down into the ‘base’ of the fountain. That is hollow so the water just flows right down to the bottom and then disperses to the area around the fountain. Since it’s along the beach path, a lot of sand is usually in the area which can soak the water right up.  This is about a hundred times better than the bird bath looking fountains that collected water for ages before. Also, the stainless steel seems like you can just power wash those bad boys down to keep them clean and germ free. They seem to be able to also withhold the elements of being on the beach as well. HOORAY City of Long Beach! Whoever designed these is brilliant!

Who knew I could get so excited about drinking fountains?


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  • Reply Jocelyn

    Even though I don’t live there, these are rather exciting. such a sexy water fountain!

    March 30, 2010 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Stevi


    How I wish our dang park system would install more then one water fountain every 15 miles along our own paths.


    March 30, 2010 at 10:37 am
  • Reply ny wolve

    Those look great. The ones in Central Park work OK (when they work),but are not nearly as chic. The Central Park ones also have little pools at the bottom for dogs. Nice.job Long Beach.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Laurie

    Can’t wait for the IFitness belt give away!! I was thinking this morning, while by myself that I wish I could have brought my phone, but I was not going to carry it six miles!!! And yes, the simple pleasures like good water fountains!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Robyn

    Wow those are impressive!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Ann

    Cool! would be excited also having those along my running path!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    here is a haiku for you:

    New drinking fountains
    Will quench my thirst while I run
    So happy I’ll crump.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Marlene

    There are NO public water fountains around here. Those look awesome – enjoy!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Heather (

    awesome! clean water is def. important. kudos!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Vic


    We have a 10 mile loop around the lake here and there are lots of fountains… but seriously half of them are broken at any given time. Annoying. Especially when it’s 100 degrees. :(

    March 30, 2010 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Bill

    Uhhhhh, you just got 10 comments about drinking fountains (this doesn’t count). What’s this world coming to? hahaha

    March 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply x-country2

    Awesome. Nice work Long Beach. Nebraska hasn’t even heard of things like water fountains along running routes.

    March 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Madison

    We still have those older bird bath type water fountains here in Irvine along the path I run on. It grosses me out beyond belief. After I take a drink sometimes I want to hurl. Gross spiderwebs and what-nots. But I am happy that at least they are there and I don’t have to act like a camel and carry a ton of water with me. I have major water fountain envy right about now.

    March 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Scott

    We need those in NYC. Wait, first they need to turn them on in NYC then they need to change them to dual fountains.

    March 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply RoadBunner

    That is awesome. The ones in SF are the bird-bath types (and I’ve seen birds sitting on the clogged ones drinking!).

    March 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply David Yingling

    It is the little things that make a difference right?

    March 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply liane

    I understand your excitement!
    We have a 10K lake loop, with about 4 fountains, but during the cold months, they shut down the water, so from November to early March, none of the fountains work.
    I might have done giddy claps and a little dance when I discovered the water had been restored this month ;)

    March 30, 2010 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    My town’s drinking fountains are still closed from the winter. FAIL!

    March 31, 2010 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Katie A.

    Yeah, I’m extremely jealous – enjoy them girly!! I’m stuck with a handheld :p

    March 31, 2010 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    How cool are those? I agree with you about the old ones with the bowls that could be used as bird baths or even?????

    Irvine and Newport need to get on the stick here. Man. To think what I used to take for granted.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    this is exciting! i dont even have a flipping hose for water so one fountain would thrill me! i’m uber jealous!

    March 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply cyberHag

    Oh boy, could LA beach path use some of these!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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