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Making Use of Fountains in Winter

Fountains are great in the summer, but when they’re drained for the winter, their empty appearance can make a park feel unattractive and unwelcoming to users. But just because the fountain isn’t running doesn’t mean the park has to stop running as well. In fact, fountains can be adorned with decorations and lights to make them even more attractive than they are in the warmer months. In New York, the city has worked with private groups to dress up empty fountains:

Parks and private donors have joined to beautify public fountains during the holiday season by beautifying the features during their winter hibernation. Parks across the city have benefitted from holiday–themed displays featuring a selection of winter plants, including red dogwood, juniper, boxwood, spruce, white birch, yew trees, holly, juniper, and winter berries. In addition, school groups create ornaments that hang from the display. Fountains in the program include the historic Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain in City Hall Park, Joyce Kilmer Park’s fountain opposite the Bronx Borough Hall, the Columbus Park fountain in downtown Brooklyn, and the Court Square fountain in Long Island City, Queens.

Parks need not go into winter hibernation — and by beautifying them in winter it makes the holiday season in the city a pleasant one. (The NYC Parks Dept. website has a longer and interesting history on New York City’s parks during the holidays.)

3 Responses

  1. Chicago also does a pretty good job with dressing up their fountains in their Grant and Millennium parks at least. I really like this NYC effort though as it seems to be more comprehensive and grass-roots based.

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  3. Awesome write-up, really! I really love this time of the year! Snowman and Cookie – Yah!

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