A missing piece

rpulley@lsjournal.comOctober 18, 2013 

A fountain near Third and Douglas streets, in an area known as the Hartley Block, is undergoing repairs after some vandalism. Tom Lovell, parks administrator, said the fountain’s circulation system was damaged when someone stepped on a spray apparatus which was was part of the water feature. He said parks officials think someone may have been collecting coins out of the fountain. When inspecting that damage, Lovell said, workers noticed the base for one of three bronze figures was rusted and weak, so they removed that piece and it is in storage until the department decides the best method for repair. The department is waiting on parts needed for repairing the fountain and will be left off until spring, but the statue may be reinstalled before then, Lovell said. The fountain, entitled "Kids at Play," was dedicated in the spring of 2009 and the children were created in the image of former downtown developer Kurt Pycior's three kids.

RUSS PULLEY — /the Journal

A fountain near Third and Douglas streets, in an area known as the Hartley Block, is undergoing repairs after some vandalism. Tom Lovell, parks administrator, said the fountain’s circulation system was damaged when someone stepped on a spray apparatus which was was part of the water feature. He said parks officials think someone may have been collecting coins out of the fountain. When inspecting that damage, Lovell said, workers noticed the base for one of three bronze figures was rusted and weak, so they removed that piece and it is in storage until the department decides the best method for repair. The department is waiting on parts needed for repairing the fountain and will be left off until spring, but the statue may be reinstalled before then, Lovell said. The fountain, entitled "Kids at Play," was dedicated in the spring of 2009 and the children were created in the image of former downtown developer Kurt Pycior's three kids.

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