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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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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April 30 | May 13: Berkeley Architecture Presentation

Berkeley Origins: Berkeley’s Architectural Heritage With Daniella Thompson Thursday, May 13 – 7:00 to 8:15 pm Please mark your calendar for this next presentation in the “Berkeley Origins” series of talks being co-sponsored by Friends of the Fountain and Walk. Join Daniella Thompson for “Berkeley’s Architectural Heritage,” a pictorial tour taking in 150 years of architectural activity. Her talk will...

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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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February 16 | Berkeley History Speaker Series

Friends and neighbors: Please mark your calendars with the dates of this upcoming series of talks on Berkeley history, co-sponsored by Friends of the Fountain and Walk. It promises to be an illuminating look at our community long before it was subdivided and incorporated, as well as its development in to the city we know today. Please consult the attached...

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February 7 | Fountain Off for Maintenance

Friends and neighbors: You may have noticed that the Fountain at The Circle has been shut off since Sunday afternoon. It is down for some maintenance and repairs. We hope it will be up and running again by Wednesday. Thanks as always for your support. — Friends of the Fountain and Walk