Sioux Falls Parks & Rec BIG FAIL at JazzFest

While everyone was dancing naked in the parks in celebration over the smoking ban (I still saw a lot of people smoking) at JazzFest, I was extremely disappointed that the ONLY public water fountain available on the South side of the park was shut off this year. In year’s past, the organizers do a good job of trying to hide it behind the porta potties, but it is usually on.

I get it that the organizers want to sell bottled water to raise money, but those of us that would prefer to spend what money we do have on food and beer and don’t like the taste of bottled water (ick) we like having that available, especially when it is around 100 degrees, and you know, like a public park.

So let’s talk public safety here. While we seem to be concerned about the 2 or 3 kids that will be in attendance that have asthma breathing smoke, we don’t seem to be too concerned about thousands of dehydrated individuals on a hot day, unless of course they have $3 to buy a bottled water the organizers probably bought for a nickel or got donated.

I guess this year we not only had a smoking ban in Yankton Trail Park, we had a Water Ban. Ironically the sprinkler system was working just fine because when I was walking around in the grass Thursday night my feet got wet.



#1 Emoluments Clause on 07.19.17 at 11:05 am

Like everything eventually I am afraid, JazzFest has become too corporate….. We need less tents and more music……

#2 Ljl on 07.19.17 at 11:23 am

Shutting off public water in a public park at a “free” event on a hot day is disgusting.

For the past 5 years I’ve taken umbrage to the notion that the jazz folks were really doing good for the community. It’s time to start asking questions about the mission of this charity. $ or community betterment? Greed for growth is a poor excuse for this kind of behavior.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 07.19.17 at 11:46 am

It’s sad when the city doesn’t provide basic needs for a public event. FUSF. Next year the Red Cross should have distinct booths offering water and first aid.

#4 Sierra broussard on 07.19.17 at 5:12 pm

The police told me there was 120 smoking incidents at jazz fest

#5 Southdadumbass on 07.21.17 at 1:11 am

Just a thought…….bring your own water next year.

#6 l3wis on 07.21.17 at 10:30 am

Would love to bring my own cooler or backpack with beverages, NOT ALLOWED.

Who is a dumbass?

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