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Ask 13: Why aren't there any water fountains at Azalea Park?

"Could you please find out why there has never been drinking fountains installed at the John B. Lewis soccer fields at Azalea Park?" Brenda Rice wrote to Ask 13. "Hundreds of children use these soccer fields and playground every week, and for the last three years, are left wishing for a drink of our cool mountain water after playing." (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

It's touted by the city as one of Asheville's top parks, but some think it's sorely lacking one very important thing.

Azalea Park, right next door to the Nature Center, contains 155 acres and is home to the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex. However, despite frequent use by children and families, the park doesn't contain any water fountains.

"Could you please find out why there has never been drinking fountains installed at the John B. Lewis soccer fields at Azalea Park?" Brenda Rice wrote to Ask 13. "Hundreds of children use these soccer fields and playground every week, and for the last three years, are left wishing for a drink of our cool mountain water after playing."

News 13 went to the park and found a restroom facility and also a concession stand that's open periodically -- but no water fountains.

Brenda noted that there are signs at the complex that show a water line is being installed. The signs also point out that drinking water is available at the club house. But where?

"The park restrooms are going to be upgraded at some point and new restrooms and drinking facilities will be installed at that point," Asheville Communications Specialist Polly McDaniel said.

McDaniel said with the water line installed last year, the park is no longer relying on well water. She said the plan is to install a water fountain on the outside of the main building, and it should be installed by the end of May.

The hope is that the fountain will be working in time for summer programs and activities.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@WLOS.com.

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