Thank You For Your Generous Donations!
Be our Web Guru!Friends of the Fountain and Walk (FOFW) is steeped in the past; our mission is to preserve Berkeley's oldest (and we think finest) work of public art, the restored century-old Fountain at The Circle and nearby Fountain Walk. But we need help moving into the future, from someone who can help us boost our online presence and bring FOFW into the digital age.
We are looking for one or more persons who can volunteer to help us with one or more of the following:
> Updating or revamping our website.
> Serving as a web master or web mistress to routinely update and refresh content on our site.
> Helping create and administer an FOFW Facebook page and Twitter account.
> Educating our board members in using the web and social media to better effect.
We have had great success reaching out to the Berkeley community and beyond through more traditional means, and believe that a more dynamic online presence will help us connect more efficiently to a much wider audience, spreading the word about our efforts, accomplishments, ambitions and needs.
If you can help with any (or all) of these endeavors (or know of someone who can), please contact us today at FountainAndWalk@gmail.com. Or help us spread the word to others by posting or linking to this pitch on your own social media outlets.
Thanks for whatever you can do.
The FOFW Board of Directors
Now that the drought is upon us...
A community member asks:
I love this fountain. But since we're in the middle of a terrible drought, I feel like the water should be turned off. Are there any plans to do this?
I am pleased to hear that you love the fountain!
Thank you for your concern, which we share. The water is recirculating, thus it does not require additional water to keep it running.
As far as maintenance, the City will not drain the fountain to clean it, and this will help conserve the water usage.
We will, of course, follow any guidelines that are mandatory, should this happen.
The Fountain recirculates its water, as briefly mentioned in this KRON video: People That Donít Conserve Water Behave Badly
Come See Our Repaired Balusters!
The work to repair damaged balusters has been taking place during October and is almost complete. The most damaged balusters have been replaced and our mason has done a lot of patching to the railings to preserve things a few more years.
In addition to the nearly $20,000 you helped us raise since October 2011 through 2012, the community has donated over $55,000 in 2013 for this effort. We are pleased to report additional repair funds from the City of Berkeley: the Public Works Department has agreed to contribute $10,000 and the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department $5,000. Our sincerest thanks to the City and all contributors.
Over the last year, here is our progress in putting your donations to work to repair broken balusters down Fountain Walk and around The Circle (see short "film" below):
- Repair Plans prepared pro bono courtesy of Charlie Wilson, Landscape Architect.
- Landmarks Preservation Commission determined that the repair can go ahead.
- The City approved our repair plans.
- Priorities were assigned to baluster repairs, with the most deteriorated balusters being replaced.
- Michael H. Casey Design, Inc., completed the moulds and castings for 57 full balusters and 20 half balusters.
- Hans Thiering Masonry, a general contractor and mason, has completed the installation of the balusters and the repair of the most badly damaged railings. His crew included: Gerardo Chavez, Jorge Guera, Jesus Chavez, and Gerardo Samora.
- We are working to have Hans Thiering secure the loose capping pieces around the bottom pool of the fountain.
- The City is working to replace the 20 year old lighting fixtures around the fountain. Some of the lighting will be converted to LEDs.