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Monmouth Eyes New Fountain

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth will replace its fountain in Main Street Park with an updated fountain statue and a new splash play area.

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth will replace its fountain in Main Street Park with an updated fountain statue and a new splash play area.

The city solicited input from community members earlier this year through an online survey asking for opinions on a series of conceptual designs.

Sixty-four percent of the 190 respondents favored this particular design -- a design that incorporates a tall concrete spire fountain surrounded by in-ground spray jets and new landscaping.

The city's current fountain, nearly 70 years old, is in use from May through September.

An architectural assessment found the structure in fair condition, but with leaks in the pool basin and multiple fracture lines that may worsen with freeze-thaw conditions. The concrete steps and apron presents access issues and potential hazards.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $150,000, said Mark Fancey, community development director.

The fountain will now go to a design team for construction documents, though when it's built depends on fund availability, Fancey said.

It could happen next year, depending on the outcome of a meeting on Sept. 20 to prioritize spending on three major Monmouth park projects.

Those include: the fountain; a walking trail in Madrona Park; and an amphitheater in the northeast corner of Main Street Park.

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