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Rogers Plaza fountain flow delayed

Posted: February 21, 2014 - 5:57pm

Attempts to get water flowing from the fountain in Rogers Plaza Friday morning failed.

Corco Construction Superintendent Matt Scroggin said a part for the pump will need to be ordered and installed before the fountain is up and running.

Once operational, the classic cascade-style bowl will pump 300 gallons a minute, said Frank Riggins, landscape architect for Crafton Tull.

The fountain has five spotlights shining on the bowl with LED track lighting running along the bottom, outside rim of the pool.

“We’re really excited about it, and getting it operational,” Riggins said.

Riggins said there weren’t electrical issues preventing the fountain from flowing earlier in the year; the architects and engineers were purposely waiting until the weather was warm enough to “kick it off.”

A total of $65,325 in advertising and promotion tax was spent to purchase the fountain: $15,000 for the bowl from a concrete casting company in San Diego, Calif., $35,325 for the fountain pool from Roman Fountains of Albuquerque, N.M. and $15,000 for the pump system, lighting and related equipment, said Jack Bell, chief of staff for the City of Conway.

Bell said once the fountain is fully installed, the parks and recreation department would care for and maintain the fountain with the help of the physical plant.

Essentially it’s the same system as a pool with skimmers, Scroggin said.

“A fountain like this,” he said, “you don’t want it to mildew or grow algae. Once we get it going, it will get several chlorine tabs a week.”

Kim Williams, executive director of the Conway Downtown Partnership, stood by, ready to cast the first of many pennies.

“Even with the Conway Community Christmas Tree on top, people were throwing coins in,” she said. “You should see the money we’ve pulled out of there already.”

Riggins said pennies and coins would not cause negative effects to the fountain.

Williams decided to save her penny until the part for the pump is installed and the fountain flows for the first time.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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fdsjfsdjfsda543543543
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fdsjfsdjfsda543543543 02/22/14 - 12:21 am
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Thanks for finally reporting the cost of the fountain.

It's a steal since it only cost half what an X-mas tree does!

Citizen of Conway
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Citizen of Conway 02/22/14 - 11:25 am
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Fountain

Probably stoped up with fake Christmas tree leaves!

sheniqua
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sheniqua 02/22/14 - 11:28 am
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conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/22/14 - 03:29 pm
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Slow flow?

Oh no!

ARBEAR
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ARBEAR 02/23/14 - 09:15 am
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Any updates on Tab's Tower?

Has Tab's Tower been repaired and shipped back to Conway yet?

faulknerwatchdog
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faulknerwatchdog 02/23/14 - 07:12 pm
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Amazing how our tax dollars

Amazing how our tax dollars are NOT at work when it comes to Tab's pet projects.

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Elmer Fudd 02/24/14 - 02:52 pm
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Flowing

The 65,000k Fountain was doing its thing today when I went by. Strangely it does not appear to be worth near that much.Chuckle. Pumping at 300 hundred gallons a minute I certainly hope it is recycling the water and only replacing it on a as needed basis. If not what a waste of fresh water.

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Lilly03 02/25/14 - 04:23 pm
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I guess we'll see a water

I guess we'll see a water hike coming like the trash increase

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