Categories for Fountain News & Updates

December 28 | An Accident at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: This was to be a year-end note expressing our gratitude to everyone who has shown their support for Friends of the Fountain and Walk this year, especially our devoted volunteers and those who have responded so generously to our annual holiday mailing. It is truly touching to see just how much this community values the Fountain at...

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September 11 | Celebrating 25 Years of the (New) Fountain at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: In September 1996, a few thousand people gathered in and around The Circle in Northbrae to dedicate the newly reborn Fountain at The Circle. The fountain, which replicated a landmark 1911 fountain that had been destroyed in a huge truck crash nearly 40 years before, was the result of an amazing community-led effort that also led to...

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June 14 | Fountain at The Circle Back in Business

Friends and neighbors: Just a quick note to say that a major leak discovered in the plumbing on the fountain island has been repaired and the fountain is flowing again. Thanks very much to the city staff who located and fixed the problem. We continue to monitor another smaller leak in what appears to be the irrigation system (which does...

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April 30 | The Fountain Flows Again!

Friends and neighbors: After six long weeks of dormancy, the Fountain at The Circle is flowing again. Repairs to the main pump and a crucial fill valve have been made, new timers for the pumps have been installed, the fountain structure has been inspected and given a thumbs up. A few smaller repairs are yet to be completed, but we...

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April 25 | Fountain Repair Update: Close to Done

Friends and neighbors: After six weeks of being shut down, we hope the Fountain at The Circle will be back in operation very soon. In recent days, City of Berkeley technicians have been able to replace crucial elements of the fountain’s operating system, including a new main pump (which powers the fountain to flow) and auto-fill valve (which helps regulate...

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April 8 | Fountain Repair Update: Awaiting New Parts

Friends and neighbors: The Fountain at The Circle remains shut off while we await replacement parts to repair the pumping and auto-filling systems. We hope those will arrive and can be installed very soon. We will post another update when the work is underway. Meantime, thanks as always for your support of FOFW – and your patience while our landmark...

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March 14 | Update: Fountain Off for Repair

A 3/20/2021 update on the Fountain at The Circle: Friends and neighbors: You may have noticed that the fountain has been off for several days. That’s because a member of our volunteer maintenance crew recently discovered a concerning noise coming from the pump that powers the fountain. As a result, we took the precaution of shutting it off so it...

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December 8 | More Lovely Photos of the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: Ira Serkes, a great friend of Friends of the Fountain and Walk, has made some new images of the Fountain at The Circle dressed in its holiday finery. Ira sells these and other images online, and donates any proceeds from sales of fountain-related images to FOFW. So enjoy these new images (shown here) and, if you are...

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September 10 | Why the Fountain Has Been Dark This Week

The landmark Fountain at The Circle has been dark and dry much of the past week. There’s nothing wrong with it: the pumping system is fine, the lights have not been dimmed by a power shutoff, and water, thankfully, remains plentiful for now. The fountain is off because, for the third time in less than a week, someone decided to...

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June 8 | Protest and Pettiness at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: You may have noticed the past few days some young people out around the Fountain at The Circle carrying out a small protest action in solidarity with those going on around the country and the globe regarding racial justice. They are holding signs and encouraging passers-by to show support. As a rule, Friends of the Fountain and...

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