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City continues work on fountain

By Dave Hotle | Jun 20, 2017



People passing by the Central Park fountain in the evening may notice a difference in the color of the lighting combinations and the cadence of the water. This is due to a project that was completed earlier this spring to upgrade the lights in the fountaihn.

Parks superintendent Nick Pacha said all the bulbs in the fountain have been replaced with energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights. The replacements were part of a project to enhance the look of the fountain. He said more color combinations would be possible with the LEDs.

For years, the 13 lights in the fountain have been slowly replaced with LEDs. The project to enhance the fountain first came up two years ago when former resident Nancy Smith had approached the Washington City Council wishing to “restore the fountain to its original splendor.” She had read an article in the Washington Evening Journal regarding how the council had wished to replace the lighting with LEDs and asked if the fountain could be restored to the look it had in the mid-1960s.

In trying to describe what she liked about the fountain, Smith said it had a complex series of actions coordinated with different primary colors. She said the fountain was more “spectacular” prior to the mid-1960s, when it became merely pretty.

It was that grandeur that she hoped to recapture.

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