Fountain Square has been tabled. No, not held for some future vote. Rather, the focal point of the central business district now has four brightly painted picnic tables, with two more on the way.

The Downtown Evanston marketing organization provided them. The group’s Annie Coakley and Laura Brown were out Friday afternoon with paint and brushes.

The fountain at Fountain Square has been off all summer. City officials say a contractor improperly installed parts, and repair is needed. The City says the contractor will be held responsible. The fountain will be off the rest of the year.

“When the Fountain was created it was a place to gather,” Coakley says. “Now that it’s broken we want to put in something lively.”

Besides the colorful tables, the downtown group plans to install a locker full of games, such as checkers, Uno, and Jenga, to go along with whatever picnic items people may bring.

They also plan a temporary “rebranding” of the fountainless-Fountain to “fun time square.”

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.