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The Nonexistent Fountains of Unidad Deportiva

By Skip Essick

The Fountains of Unidad Deportiva sounds like a natural spring with miraculous, curative waters, but in reality, they don’t even exist. Look around, and you’ll notice that there are virtually no public drinking fountains in our city or even in our parks.

Rotary Presentation
“The Fountains of Unidad Deportiva”
Tue, May 22, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión
Salida a Querétaro 1
415 112 3413

When it comes to recreational facilities in San Miguel de Allende, Unidad Deportiva is the largest. The average number of people using the facility is 2,000 per week. Boasting four tennis courts, four basketball courts, two soccer fields, a weight room, a boxing gym, a running/walking track, and 4 pickleball courts, you would think this facility has it all.

What it doesn’t have is a single drinking fountain.

Sure, there’s water (or sodas or chips) for sale when the concession stands are open, but their operating hours are inconsistent. During school events (which happens multiple times every year) there can be 500 or more school-aged children playing all manner of sports, but no place to rehydrate.

Partnering with Club Rotario de San Miguel, the Midday Rotary Club, under the leadership of Fred Collins, is planning to add three water stations that will have two drinking fountains and a spout for filling water bottles. Plentiful water is something Collins is familiar with. He is a native of Michigan, a state surrounded by the Great Lakes, North America’s largest source of fresh water. Collins was an outdoor contractor when he retired and moved to San Miguel with his wife Barbara five years ago.

This exciting and ambitious project could well be the forerunner to providing safe, clean, and accessible water throughout public areas in San Miguel de Allende. Come hear more from San Miguel de Allende’s Midday Rotary Club President Fred Collins.

The presentation is Tuesday, May 22 at 12:30pm at the Hotel Misión de San Miguel (Molina) on Salida de Querétaro 1. Parking is free, and the hotel is easily accessible by bus.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Fred Collins at and see



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