Archive for Friday, June 11, 1999

WALK TO BENEFIT REFURBISHING ROOSEVELT FOUNTAIN

June 11, 1999

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About 100 people are expected to hit the streets Saturday morning for the Fountain Walk, a Volkswalk organized by the Free State Walkers.

Proceeds from the event will be poured into a fund for restoring a fountain dedicated in 1910 by President Teddy Roosevelt.

The fountain, which has been inoperable for at least 10 years, is located in South Park. But its original use was for watering horses in the intersection of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, not far from where plans are in the works for a new Lawrence Arts Center.

"We're developing plans to renovate that fountain," said Bob Lewis, an organizer of the Volkswalk. "There's speculation that we might tie the fountain into the new arts center. It may make a return to New Hampshire Street."

Saturday's Volkswalk -- 5K and 10K routes are available -- is intended to "showcase" some of Lawrence's finest fountains, Lewis said. The public is invited to participate.

Registration is available between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday at South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass. Walkers should be finished by 2 p.m.

Among stops on the route:

  • the Teddy Roosevelt fountain in South Park.
  • "Mobility," a sculpture and fountain at the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence.
  • a ceramic-tile fountain outside the Lawrence Aquatic Center, 727 Ky.
  • Water's Edge, which sells fountains at 847 Ind.
  • Chi Omega fountain, at the intersection of Jayhawk Boulevard and West Campus Road.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is mfagan@ljworld.com.

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