Thank You For Your Generous Donations!
Thank You! The Second Phase of Repairs are Complete
Friends of the Fountain and Walk (FOFW) has just completed the second phase of our repair projects. We would like to make sure that the community knows how grateful we are for their support, and to show you what was accomplished with your donations.
Since we completed the first phase (October 2013), here is what we have accomplished with your generosity:
1) Replaced an additional 11 balusters, for a total of 90.
2) Installed a concrete pad for our spare bench on the grassy median in front of the Millennium Oak Tree.
3) Fountain Walk steps and sidewalk have been repaired Ė the City shared the cost.
4) 21 of the 22 coping cap sections surrounding the fountain pool (where you sit) were loose and have been secured.
The City has also gotten into the spirit of fountain maintenance, and in addition to helping with the cost of Fountain Walk repairs, has also accomplished:
1) Replaced (January 2014) all of the original light fixtures in the middle and upper bowls (many of them had corroded sockets) and electrical junction boxes associated with the fixtures. They also switched to LED lights to reduce maintenance and conserve energy.
2) Replaced (March 2014) one of the pool lights (it leaked) and the associated junction box.
3) The City is also taking the lead to replace the main and filter pumps for the fountain, which are both rusted.
We could not have done this without your support.
As always, we welcome volunteers (first Saturday of every month for landscape maintenance) and donations for our reserve fund.
Thanks to District 5 and District 6 for helping us communicate with our neighbors, and for other support for this project.
Friends of the Fountain and Walk
Below is a Recap of our Fund Raising and Expenses
|YEAR||AMOUNT RAISED||AMOUNT SPENT||ON WHAT|
|2010||$14,737||Beginning bank balance|
|2011||$15,888||$1,437||Anniversary celebration (banners, permits, fliers)|
|2012||$3,901||$4,203||Deposit for new baluster manufacture
Supplies (broom & merchandise supplies)
Fund raising (stamps, envelopes, banner)
(through April 16)
|$13,000||Fountain Walk sidewalk/step repairs
Fountain Crown Jet Fountainhead replaced
Boxwood plants (2)
|Light fixtures/LED lamps-middle/upper bowls
Repairs/Fountain Walk sidewalk/steps
|TOTALS||$105,400||$91,814||$13,586 = Maintenance Fund|
|City Total||City funded maintenance = $9,834|
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Repairs Continue - Update
We are in the last phase of repairs that are made possible with the generous donations from the community. Thank you!
On March 11th Hans Thiering Masonry and his crew began repairing Fountain Walk sidewalk and steps, and they also installed 10 more full balusters and one half baluster. The baluster replacements are complete and the sidewalk repairs are also done. The repairs to the steps are well under way.
Beginning March 24th, the fountain will be drained for about a week. This will allow for repairs to be done to 10 of the 22 coping caps (where you can sit around the edge of the fountain) that are loose.
Also, the electrical department from the City of Berkeley will complete the repairs/replacement one of the four light fixtures in the fountain. One of the pool lights had a leak and will be replaced. The junction boxes in the pool will also be replaced.
Here are a few pictures of the progress so far:
Fountain Walk Sidewalk Repairs:
Fountain Walk Step Repairs:
We are working on another project in parallel. Some of the plumbing has gotten worn out over the years and needs refurbishing. So far several of the gate valves have been replaced: one was brass, but had just worn out; two others had plastic handles that had long ago broken off, and these were replaced with brass gate valves.
We are currently acquiring quotes to replace the main and filter pumps, which are quite rusty. Those will be installed later.
Here are some pictures of these repairs:
Repairs in the Fountain Vault:
March 24th repairs to the coping caps (where you can sit around the edge of the fountain) began. There are 22 of them, and all but one is loose. The repairs involve removing many of the caps, but not all of them. Hans Thiering Masonry and his crew will be able to repair all of them without removing all of them. In the end, all 22 of them will be secure.
Due to the rain, these repairs will be completed next week, as well as the repairs to Fountain Walk steps.
Yesterday the electrical department from the City of Berkeley replaced one of the four light fixtures in the fountain pool, which had a leak. One of the junction boxes in the pool was also replaced. Thank you Rich and Dave!
Here are a few pictures of the progress so far:
Coping cap Repairs:
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.