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Fountains flow again in Fountain Square

Fountains

Fountains

The fountains that give Fountain Square its name are back in operation this week.

The construction fencing came down and everything was working in time for Monday's Memorial Day ceremony — much to the relief of Evanston aldermen who at Tuesday night's meeting praised the contractor on the nearly half-million dollar project for getting the work done on time.

A year ago the dismal condition of the then non-functioning fountains at Memorial Day led to demands by Mayor Lorraine Morton that something be done to get them fixed — even as the city looks for funding for a total redesign of the public plaza at the intersection of Davis Street and Sherman and Orrington Avenues.

The current fountains, built as a bicentennial project in 1976, is at least the third fountain design at the intersection. The original Victorian-style fountain now lives on in the Merrick Rose Garden at Lake Street and Oak Avenue.

 

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