Leave the Peace Foun­tain

Waipa Post - - News - MARC DAW­SON Te Awa­mutu

The Peace Foun­tain.

The sound of peace­ful wa­ter play.

In the sound of the foun­tain is the spirit of the park.

Let the peo­ple come to see the Peace Foun­tain.

Since the parks in­cep­tion in 1955 there has been a steady and sub­stan­tial loss of its fit­tings and fea­tures.

Gone from the net­ball court end: The dou­ble-sided pic­nic shel­ter, a small stone bridge over the spring, the lower of three foot­paths along the river bank, the park shop, the orig­i­nal pre-Ro­man arch stone bridge over the way is sadly missed.

The pad­dling pool, the red phone box, the bike stand, the sun­dial, the rose gar­den path maze with its small stone bridge.

The lily pond and the foun­tain in front of the mu­ral that fed it, the seat at the end of the colon­nade, the lul­laby, fenced sand pit and mon­key bars.

The stone drink­ing foun­tain that matched the Peace Foun­tain. The bam­boo and the nine­hole golf putting course.

Over the river: The bull­dozer, the fire places be­tween the oak trees, the large swing set, the steam en­gine, the fort and log climbs and the may pole.

A park man­ager should be put in place to stem fur­ther loss. What's next, re­mov­ing the cen­tral bridge?

The Peace Foun­tain is part of the wa­ter sys­tem that fills wa­ter chan­nels in the fern­ery be­low it and it also fed the lake.

It is an in­ter­est­ing stone or­na­ment in keep­ing with the stone theme of the parks orig­i­nal fit­tings. It is not a climb­ing risk com­pared to any tree in the park.

To con­sider its re­moval is dis­re­spect­ful to the her­itage of the park and to the founders who de­signed and built it.

Upon turn­ing the foun­tain on for a photo, peo­ple cheer.

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