January 20 | FIRST DAY – FOUNTAIN REPAIRS

Today was the first day of the repairs to the fountain. Here is what was done, followed by some photos: City Parks Department removed the water in preparation for repairs City Electrical Department disconnected the pumps and made the area “safe” for other work to be done City Parks Department removed the filter and main pumps and much of the...

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January 17 | FOUNTAIN REPAIRS BEGIN!

Friends and neighbors of the Fountain at The Circle: Starting January 20, you’ll see a lot of activity around the fountain. A number of much needed repairs and upgrades will be taking place over the course of a few weeks, most carried out by city crews and contractors. During that time, the fountain will not be operating so that all...

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December 25 | Happy holidays to all!

To all the friends of Friends of the Fountain and Walk: Thank you for all your help and support throughout the year. We hope 2015 will be another banner year for the century-old neighborhood landmark and treasure you help us maintain and improve. It’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to FOFW before the year’s end. Just click...

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December 1 | DECORATING THE FOUNTAIN

The rain tried to stop us, but we did it anyway! A group of fountain volunteers put up the garland and lights on the bollards around the fountain. Neighborhood kids put wreaths made by neighborhood ladies on the bears, complete with custom made yarmulkes on the bears. We hope you enjoy the lights.


November 27 | Have a warm and wonderful holiday season

  As the year draws to a close, we are thankful for the community support that enabled several major accomplishments at the Fountain and Walk. We completed repairs to balusters and the sidewalk around The Circle and on Fountain Walk. The coping around the fountain pool has been reset and secured. New LED light fixtures now shine brightly in the...

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November 10 | BERKELEY PROJECT DAY – 8 Nov 2014

Pam Boland (City Parks) suggested that we add color to the 13 terra cotta pots around The Circle by replanting them with Ivy Geranium with red flowers, Dudlyea Frank Reinelt, and Dudleya Pulverulenta. All of the Aloe Vera plants were given new homes with neighbors. We also removed the large Agave plants and Ivy and the bottom of Fountain Walk...

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November 4 | Fountain and Walk Improvements: Next Step

Friends and neighbors: Our next improvement project is set for this Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at about 9:30 a.m. We’ll meet at the usual spot just off The Circle at Los Angeles. There are two parts to the project: 1) Replanting the large terra cotta pots mounted atop the balustrade columns (seen at right) around The Circle. We’ll replace the aloe plants with...

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October 31 | VOLUNTEER – Join Our Group Tomorrow

It appears that the rain will dissipate by 9am tomorrow, Saturday 1 November. Please come and join the monthly maintenance, after the rain stops! I will arrive before 8am (unless it is raining, and then I will arrive later) to unload the tools, pick up trash, remove graffiti, put the 4 yard debris bins out and see what needs to...

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October 30 | LOS ANGELES PATH – Refurbished

On Tuesday 28 October 2014, Pam Boland, Senior Landscape Gardener for the City, worked with Charlie Bowen of the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA) and organized a City staff/community event to refurbish the path along the one way Los Angeles, parallel to the tunnel, that leads to Solano Avenue. Susan Schwartz and the Friends of 5 Creeks Weed Warriors brought...

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October 6 | Keep the Fountain Sign-Free!

It’s the final few weeks of the fall election campaign, which means signs for and against candidates, ballot measures and more will be popping up everywhere on the landscape, competing for eyeballs with open house sandwich boards  and garage and estate sale signs that appear year-round. It’s a sign of a healthy democracy at work. The Circle at the juncture...

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