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November 25 | Happy Holidays to All Our Friends!

Friends and neighbors: Happy holidays! And a sincere thank you for all your support of our now 30-year-old neighborhood nonprofit. Yes, 2023 marked Friends of the Fountain and Walk’s third full decade as an all-volunteer, grassroots organization, a milestone only possible thanks to a community that cares about preserving its neighborhood treasures. In this 30th anniversary year, in partnership with...

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October 31 | Join our monthly work crew!

Friends and neighbors: For nearly 30 years, community support has been essential to the work of Friends the Fountain and Walk, the all-volunteer neighborhood nonprofit that teams with the City of Berkeley to care for the Fountain at The Circle, Fountain Walk and the surrounding historic area.  That support shows up in a variety of ways, from generous donations from...

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July 9 | Another Accident at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: On Thursday, July 7, a large truck entering The Circle from The Arlington ran up onto the the center island and knocked down two of the concrete bollards on the rim of the island. Some neighbors who witnessed it managed to get the ID of the company that apparently owns the truck and get that to police...

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June 28 | SOLVED!: A seed-napping on Fountain Walk?

An update: Shortly after this note was posted, a neighbor contacted us to say they had removed the Love-in-a-Mist cuttings in an effort to keep Fountain Walk clean. The cuttings and seed pods have been recovered and will help beautify the lower Walk planting beds in the future. Friends and neighbors: For many years now, Fountain Walk neighbor Wendy Wells...

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March 3 | A More Walkable Fountain Walk

Friends and neighbors: Every day for more than a century, Berkeleyans have been traversing the two-block length of Fountain Walk between the south entrance to the Solano Tunnel and The Circle, home of the landmark Fountain at The Circle. In the previous century, it provided a connection for commuters moving between local trolleys on The Circle and trains heading to...

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January 27 | Repairs at The Circle Underway

Friends and neighbors: This morning (Jan. 27), almost a month after a large truck knocked over several of the bollards lining the perimeter of the fountain island in the middle of The Circle, repairs got underway. A city crew was out early digging up the toppled bollards, assessing the damage, and re-erecting the pillars that form protective barrier. It seems...

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December 5 | Fountain Dressed for the Holidays!

Friends and neighbors: The holiday lights and greenery are up on the Fountain at The Circle. Volunteers were out Saturday, Dec. 4, to string lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island and to adorn the fountain’s grizzly bear cubs with wreaths and kippot.       They also carried out the monthly cleanup of The Circle, Fountain Walk...

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November 23 | Fountain-Themed Gifts for the Holidays

Friends and neighbors: The holiday season of this second year of pandemic is almost upon us. We hope that you and yours have been  staying safe and well. This note is to remind you that the ‘SHOP” page of our website is active again. Here you will find lovely fountain-themed photographs, note cards and greeting cards, magnets, bear cub T-shirts,...

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June 10 | More Repairs at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: The Fountain at The Circle has been shut down temporarily to allow city crews to locate and repair the source of a significant underground leak on the fountain island. It’s not yet clear what the issue is, but appears to be in pipes between the fountain and the pump system that powers it. The good news: The...

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May 23 | Spring in Full Flower on Fountain Walk

Friends and neighbors: As COVID restrictions begin to ease, the weather is getting milder and more of us are venturing out. If you haven’t been on Fountain Walk in a while, now if a terrific time to make the short stroll there.       Spring has spring in the planting beds that border the lower walk. These beds, revived...

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