ELYRIA — Ely Square is one step closer to its new fountain, with demolition of the current fountain scheduled for soon after the city’s Memorial Day parade.
The city has been raising funds to pay for its new fountain since its bicentennial in 2017. Mayor Holly Brinda said $350,000 of private funds have been raised to pay for its construction, fully funding the project.
“We’ve raised all the money up front to pay for all the material costs associated with the fountain,” Brinda said. “No cash outflow to the fountain (from the city). It’s all being paid for through private philanthropy.”
The fountain originally was expected to cost $900,000 in 2017, but Brinda said the city has received several quotes since then and will be doing some of the work on the fountain to offset the cost, lowering the amount needed to be raised.
The current fountain saw its last update in the 1970s, and Brinda said constant use, age and weather have taken a toll. Due to the wear and tear, the current fountain is unoperational.
“Even if we wanted to turn on the fountain right now we couldn’t,” Brinda said.
After getting the public’s input on the fountain, Brinda said the city has included many of the features residents said they wanted, including two tiers and colored lights.
“We’re going to be able to give them almost everything they’ve wanted,” she said.
Brinda said the expectation is to dedicate the new fountain over Labor Day weekend. The city also will erect a sign in Ely Square to thank all of the fountain’s donors.
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