Leave the Peace Fountain
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.