Categories for Fountain News & Updates

April 19 | Another Northbrae Fountain: Part 3

Friends and neighbors: The mystery of the second Northbrae fountain is solved — well, at least the part about exactly where it stood before it was removed. (You can read the back story in our two previous posts.) John Coleman, who lives on Monterey Avenue near The Alameda, sent along this note and a photograph that definitively places the smaller...

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February 10 | February at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: An update on several things as we move into February… Another soaping: After a long lull, the fountain has now been soaped for a second time in just over a month. It happened the evening/early morning of Feb. 9-10. As always, it is discouraging that someone(s) not only chooses to do potential harm to the fountain works,...

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December 31 | Happy New Year! (and an update)

Hi, folks. A quick update: The lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island in The Circle will be taken down today (Wednesday, Jan. 3) ahead of the expected rains. They were to stay up until Saturday, but the wet weather expected today means it is better to take them down now, so they can be dry when stored...

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November 16 | Update: New Landscaping at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: By now you have likely seen the results of a flurry of activity around the Fountain at The Circle over the past few weeks. Most noticeable is the re-landscaping that has taken place, removing the old, weed-ridden sod on the fountain island, the planting strips surrounding The Circle and the median between Los Angeles and Mendocino with new...

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October 29 | Update: Major Work at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: If you have been by The Circle in recent days, you may have seen city crews at work digging and planting locator flags on the center island and the surrounding parking strips. They have been carrying out various pieces of long-planned projects, some of which are finally coming to fruition. Following on the heels of the recent resurfacing of...

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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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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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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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