Although Philadelphia’s pools won’t open until June 19th, many people have found a different way to enjoy the water in the city, and not by opening fire hydrants. Located in the center of Logan Circle in front of the Franklin Institute, Swann Memorial Fountain is a popular destination for Philadelphia locals and tourists alike to cool off in the water. Although it isn’t deep enough to swim in, people can walk through it and get soaked by one of the many water jets, or simply dip their feet in while sitting on the side. Although it was a city tradition, there was an attempt to ban swimming in the fountain in 2006, and there was a security guard standing watch constantly until the ban began to dwindle in 2009. On hot days the fountain usually will draw dozens of people, young and old, not only to enjoy the water, but it’s beauty as well. Morta Agustas, a tourist from Lithuania, visited the fountain with her family to see the sculpture of the statutes representing the area’s major rivers, the Schuylkill, the Wissahickon, and the Delaware.
“My cousin told me I had to visit the fountain,” Agustas said. “It’s really very beautiful.”
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Manuel Agurto & Michele Welk