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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Harim Shepherd is like a lot of parents. She brought the kids to splash in Sundance Square’s fountain while they were out on summer vacation.

“We thought we’d bring the kids over to play and have a nice cool down because it’s kind of warm outside,” Shepherd said.

But, like a lot of parents, Shepherd wasn’t aware of the new rules limiting play time in the fountain from 2-6 p.m. Sundance Square calls the hours before that a peaceful period for a leisurely lunch. The hours after 6 p.m. are deemed ‘tranquil time’ and a sign in the square says it’s a good time to, “Grab your sweetheart and take a stroll…”

Many parents who showed up before 2 p.m. Thursday weren’t happy with the new rule.

“It’s kind of hard because we don’t have any activities to do, no play area and we can’t play in the fountain.” Shepherd said.

But Sundance Square views the new rule as a guarantee other activities won’t interrupt so-called fountain time.

“It will allow us to be sure folks can count on what the square will be doing at that time,” said Sundance Square President and CEO Johnny Campbell. “It gives us the ability to schedule events around playtime. You’re guaranteed the fountains will be running and you can count on it.”

Campbell says many of the complaints he received previously were from parents who showed up for the fountains only to find another event underway in the plaza.

Some people who work downtown say Sundance Square is a more adult environment at night anyway.

“I do enjoy watching the kids play when I get off of work,” said Shawntea Rice, who works at a restaurant downtown. “But at night its more partying and adult entertainment than it is for kids. So a six o’clock curfew is OK.”

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