Jennifer Deyell & Rachael Mackenzie-Neill have big dreams for their park at the corner of Euclid Ave and Ulster Street in Little Italy. Since 2008, they have been pursuing various improvements to this small shaded plot of land on the former grounds of the Sisters of the Church convent as a member of the Friends of Healey Willan Park group. Together, they’ve been the force behind improved playground equipment, better accessibility, and a fresh coat of paint for the aging splashpad.
But Jennifer had her sights set on one very small but important improvement – the drinking fountain. “We had the standard issue drinking fountain – and there were lots of problems”. There were issues with the water pressure and a steady flow from the spout, and kids were clogging the drain with sand from the nearby sandbox. “Kids just want to make a better sand-castle, they didn’t mean to clog it, but obviously this was causing problems for everyone.”