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Work begins to remove fountains

The City of Hamilton has dismantled the fountains in front of City Hall as plans to fill in the Reflecting Pool move forward.

The move was said to be a temporary measure aimed at keeping the public safe as the City determines the pool’s future.

The City recently sent a letter to residents who’d e-mailed in their concerns about the pool’s removal.

It stated that the City would seek public input on what to do with the space.

“How we use the steps, roadway and grass area at City Hall has changed over the last 50 years and will continue to change,” the letter stated. “The removal of the fountains is a temporary measure.

“In the short-term, the area will be covered by grass. Later this year, the City will invite interested parties to submit ideas and drawings on how we can redesign the front of City Hall, based on current and anticipated use.

“The selected design could potentially include one or more fountains and water features.

“Hamilton is a vibrant, progressive and exciting city in which to live, work and play.

“The temporary removal of the fountain will ultimately allow the City to add changes that reflects who we are today and how we could use the space in the future.

“We welcome your thoughts as we move forward and I encourage you to check back with us later in the year as we begin the process of soliciting ideas for the new look and feel for the front of City Hall.”

The pool, designed by renowned architect Wil Onions, was opened alongside City Hall in 1960.

City councillors voted to fill in the pool earlier this year due to frequent leaks. They cited the cost of cleaning, maintaining and repairing the pool as an added problem.

Left empty, Mayor Charles Gosling expressed concern the pool could prove a safety risk for small children.

Corporation of Hamilton workmen Joe Nunes, Tirrell Woodley, foreman Mark Robinson, Lipton Williams, and operator Delmair Trott work on removing the fountain bases from the front of City Hall yesterday. The fountain sections are to be put into storage.

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Published April 12, 2012 at 10:11 am (Updated April 12, 2012 at 10:56 am)

Work begins to remove fountains

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