Binghamton cleans Rec Park fountain after trash and grime grow

By Perry Russom

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Neighbors were calling a fountain in Recreation Park an eyesore and said it was the city's fault that it got as bad as it did.

"It's very murky, very dirty, doesn't look very sanitary at all," said Spero Zervos of Binghamton.

The fountain was created in dedication to Harry Johnson. It goes by the nickname "Fish Boy" because the fountain's sculpture is of a boy holding a fish.

"It should be presentable for the public to come and look at, but it's not," said Julie Bried of Binghamton.

Action News was reached out to by neighbors in the city who raised concerns about the cleanliness of the fountain.

The water was murky and there was trash floating in the pool. The fountain was also not working.

Binghamton Parks and Recreation said the fountain was cleaned earlier in the spring, but the fountain pump was broken. That lead to a build up of trash and dirt.

Early on Tuesday, the city sent workers to the fountain to drain the water, bleach the fountain and clean the sculpture.

Now that "Fish Boy" is up and running, the city says it will be maintained throughout the summer.

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