By Josh Howald
“Don’t say there is no water. That fountain is there among its scalloped green and grey stones. It is still there, and always there.”
Poet Denise Levertov wasn’t referring to the water fountain in Kincardine’s Victoria Park, but she very well could have been. There may not be a whole lot of water in it right now, but it certainly is still there. However, it is currently being used as a flower planter.
This is the second straight summer that no water has flowed through the historic fountain, erected more than 100 years ago to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. It has always been a popular attraction in the park, particularly with the younger set. It fell into disrepair in 2001, and was out of service until 2003. It was refurbished and put back into action until last summer.
Late last summer, The Kincardine Independent inquired as to why the fountain was not operating, and was given two different answers by municipal staff. Friday, we got a straight answer from the Municipality’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Karen Kieffer.
“It is going to be totally restored,” said Kieffer. “Right now, it isn’t operating because the park is a very busy spot, and we didn’t want any of the repairs to affect any of the events taking place in the park.”
Kieffer expects repairs to the historic fountain to begin shortly after the park’s final large event of the summer, the Gathering of the Bands, which is held on the Aug. 24 weekend.