August 17 | Date Change for September Work Party!

Friends of the Fountain and Walk Volunteers (and would-be volunteers): Because the next first Saturday of the month, our normal volunteer work party day, is part of the Labor Day holiday weekend, we are moving September’s Circle and Walk maintenance day to the following Saturday, Sept. 9. We hope that will make it easier for those with holiday plans to join us...

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August 5 | Fountain at The Circle: A Few Updates

Friends and neighbors: In an effort to discourage the kind of vandalism that has left the Fountain at The Circle awash in soap suds and other substances about a half-dozen times in the past eight months, we are trying a new strategy: shutting the fountain off completely during the early hours of the morning. We will be testing this out...

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August 2 | First Saturday in August at the Fountain

Hello Friends of the Fountain and Walk Volunteers, This Saturday, August 5th, is the first Saturday of August, and we look forward to seeing you at the Fountain!  Please join us any time from 9 to 11, if you are available.  Jim Reynolds will be organizing the effort this month. He will have the volunteer sign-up sheet on a clipboard...

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July 2 | A Happy Holiday Weekend

Friends and neighbors: Just a note to say that happily, Berkeley’s landmark fountain is flowing again this weekend. Many thanks to the City of Berkeley staff, led by parks maintenance supervisor Bruce Pratt, for their help in draining and refilling the fountain after the most recent vandalism. We hope this will be the last incident for some time. As we’ve...

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June 29 | First Saturday in July at the Fountain

This Saturday, July 1 is the first Saturday of July, and we look forward to volunteer day at the Fountain! It’s a holiday weekend with the 4th on Tuesday, but we will keep our “First Saturday” tradition and meet. Please join us any time from 9 to 11, if you are in town for the holiday and available, for some...

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June 24 | Fountain Update: Soaped Again, How You Can Help

Friends and neighbors: Our lovely and historic fountain was the target of vandalism once again overnight on June 23. Someone(s) once again put detergent or some other foaming agent in the water, which has once again required that it be shut down until the soapy water can be drained out and replaced. This seriously un-funny act of vandalism — which costs...

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June 6 | Fountain Foamed and Shut Down — Again

Update, June 8: City workers today pumped out the contaminated water from the Fountain at The Circle and will refill it. According to an article on the recent rash of soapings posted on the news website Berkeleyside.com, the city estimates the expense for this operation at $1,000 — that’s each time it has to be done. So please help us...

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June 2 | It’s the first Saturday in June at the Fountain

Hello Friends of the Fountain and Walk Volunteers,  This Saturday, June 3 is the first Saturday of the month, and we look forward to volunteer day at the Fountain! We are now in the summer months, so there is always lots to do at the Fountain. Please join us any time from 9 to 11 for some sweeping, weeding, general...

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May 31 | Fountain Vandalized Again

Friends and Neighbors: You may have noticed that the fountain has not been running since Friday May 26th. This is because a large amount of dye and soap were dumped into the water sometime Thursday evening. This is the third time since the beginning of the year that the fountain water has been adulterated, each time necessitating a complete replacement...

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May 13 | Spring on Fountain Walk

The reclamation and restoration of Fountain Walk was one of the founding efforts of what became Friends of the Fountain and Walk. The historic walkway above and alongside the Sutter-Solano Tunnel was part of famed architect John Galen Howard’s original design, along with the Fountain at The Circle and the surrounding balustrade, for what would have been the grand entrance to...

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