Mayor Eddie Moran launched a new city initiative today called Wacky Water Wednesday. Kicking off the weekly event, the Mayor, council members, fire, police, public works, and water authority officials opened the first hydrant in front of the Reading Recreation Commission building on South 3rd Street.
Every Wednesday, starting today through September 2nd, city fire hydrants will be opened to allow kids to play in the water.
15 locations have been designated by the city as Wacky Water Wednesday locations. A sprinkler device will be installed on hydrants prior to the day of the event.
The Reading Recreation Commission proposed this initiative as a way to engage with the community in a fun way. Mayor Moran said he immediately loved the idea.
“I have beautiful memories of my childhood in New York City playing outside with other kids by the fire hydrants. I am glad we get to do this in Reading and help build our young residents’ own memories,” the Mayor said.
These events are geared to youth as a way to provide relief from the summer heat and safely restore our sense of community. To avoid large gatherings, Wacky Water Wednesday locations will be a surprise every week, only shared discretely with nearby neighbors.
To accommodate proper space for the events, some streets will be closed. Traffic will be directed accordingly by police.