The Butler-Perrozi Fountain (the “Fountain”) has a long history in Lithia Park – see more info. The Fountain has been a backdrop for photos for generations and the site has provided a quiet place of meditation above the Park for just as long. Unfortunately, the beauty of the Fountain, manifest in Italian marble, is literally crumbling due to prolonged exposure to the elements. Additionally, the concrete steps and landing for the fountain are also in disrepair, as are the mechanical and plumbing mechanisms.
The historic Fountain is in dire need of renovation and Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) is soliciting feedback from the public on the options that are available to address the current failing state of the Fountain.
A report – see report here – has been completed by a qualified historic preservation firm and fountain specialists. According to the report, two categories of options are available that will sufficiently address the failing state of the Fountain:
Restore/Repair the Fountain on Site:
Honor the historic nature of the fountain by restoring the portions of the fountain that are failing and replacing missing and crumbling pieces of marble with matching marble.
Repair all concrete, mechanical and plumbing fixtures with new components.
Generally keep the fountain the same with focused improvements to the fountain to improve the overall look and function of the Fountain – similar to plastic surgery.
Remove and Replace the Fountain with a Replica:
Replicate the fountain in size, design and function with new materials, which could be marble, bronze or another material that will hold up to the elements better than the current marble. See conceptual mock-ups
Remove the existing Fountain and explore options for relocating the historic Fountain to an undetermined location where it can still be on display but protected from the elements.
COST OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT
Both scenarios – Restoration and Replacement – have similar estimated priced tags of approximately $500,000. The $500,000 estimate includes work done on the fountain as well as the stairs, pool, surrounding concrete, and plumbing infrastructure. Overtime, the Restoration option will require more maintenance costs, compared to the Replacement option that will replace the current marble material with a more weather resistant material.
FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT The Ashland Parks Foundation (the “Foundation”), a charitable non-profit organization, has agreed to fund the project with existing funds in their budget and through future donations. The Foundation has already dedicated a half of the cost of the project, according to current estimates, and will raise the remaining funds once the APRC Board of Commissioners has determined the preferred option between Restoration and Replacement.
HOW TO RESPOND
SUBMIT A COMMENT FORM
The deadline to submit comments through the form has passed.
PROVIDE IN-PERSON COMMENTS
Attend the February 8, 2023 Regular Business Meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners to be held in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. The meeting agenda and packet is typically posted the Thursday before the meeting on the APRC Agendas and Minutes web page.