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Mayor Curry: Jacksonville Will Standardize All Water Tank Lids In City Parks

After Jacksonville 3-year-old Amari Harley was found dead in a ground-level water tank at Arlington’s Bruce Park this past weekend, Mayor Lenny Curry said the city is in the midst of an investigation into the matter that should lead to improved safety.

“We’re going to have a plan to standardize every single lid,” Curry said. “When we roll out our final review I can tell you that I am going to order that we standardized the lid process in Jacksonville in all of our parks and ensure that safety is the top priority.”

Bruce Park’s water tank, which is part of the sewage system used for park’s restrooms, had been covered by a rubber lid. Some others in the city have fences around them.

Our partner News4Jax reported that since April of last year, the lid of the Bruce Park tank had been reported unsecure and repaired twice.

Curry said the review will help the city pick the best, safest and most secure option to cover the tanks

Curry said he won’t have a full plan moving forward until a review of all parks is completed. He said there will be accountability if any mistakes were made by the city.

Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.