VCU Police on alert after video shows people swimming, climbing fountain in Monroe Park


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Videos of people taking a dip in the newly renovated water fountain at Monroe Park have gone viral. 

The videos came a day after the park reopened.  

Richmond and VCU Police are aware of the issue and say they do not condone the behavior.

Watched thousands of times on social media, viral videos showing people treating the newly renovated 1906 Victorian Water Fountain in the middle of the park as a playground.

8News spoke with VCU students about the video and the reopening of the park.  

“We just can’t have nice things,” said VCU freshman Jade Lee. 

Darren Johnson, a sophomore at VCU, also spoke with 8News. 

“This park hasn’t even been open for probably a week yet and the fact that people are doing this to the park is kind of outrageous,” said Johnson. 

The video shows a person swimming laps, splashing around in the fountain, then attempting to climb all the way up.

“Maybe throw coins to the most,” said Johnson, “but don’t hop in because it’s not a public swimming pool.” 

“People are disrespecting the fountain by swimming in it and jumping in it and it’s just like ‘where’s your respect?'” Jade said. 

The Monroe Park Conservancy posted signs warning people to not enter the fountain. Students who spoke with 8News said they will keep an eye out for fountain swimmers. 

“I will watch them and tell them, get out of there, you’re done, but I’m not going in there,” said Matt Wizted, VCU sophomore.  

VCU Police say they will be doing frequent checks around the park to make sure everyone is on their best behavior. If you’re thinking about taking a dip in the fountain, you may want to think twice. 

Violators could be charged with trespassing. 

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