Thursday, October 16, 2008

Schenley Fountain Flowing Again

The restoration of the fountain at Schenley Park is complete. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will rededicate the fountain tonight. One thing park visitors will notice immediately is that the fountain is actually flowing again; it had stopped working earlier this year. Missing pieces have been replaced, and the entire fountain has been cleaned. New lighting illuminates the fountain at night. The paving surrounding the fountain has been narrowed and realigned to allow for better stormwater drainage and more direct pedestrian connections.

The fountain was originally dedicated about 90 years ago. It's titled "A Song to Nature" and was created by Victor Brenner in honor of Mary E. Schenley, who donated the land for the park.

The restoration work cost about half a million dollars.

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