Fountains of celebration
The feather in the cap of Cranbrook's newly expanded fire hall, a fountain and landscaping project outside the hall was unveiled on Friday, July 19.
Cranbrook's mayor and council, fire chief, and staff from the fire department, administration and public works all gathered outside the fire hall on 2nd Street South to see the now-bubbling fountain project completed.
"While there were some citizens who expressed concern about the cost of the fountain, I think the outcome is quite spectacular," said Mayor Wayne Stetski. "This is a very positive addition to 2nd Street South and a nice feature for our community; my thanks to all who were involved in the project."
The fountain and landscaping was designed by the fire department, then designed and constructed by public works staff, working around their busy schedules with other projects.
The fountain was designed so that from above it forms the shape of the Maltese Cross, the emblem firefighters wear on their uniforms.
The concrete forms were created by Steve Bell and Rob Keown using specially sourced materials to construct the unusual forms with tight turning radiuses. The forms have been saved by Public Works staff to lend out to other communities who may wish to construct their own similar fountains in the future.
The landscaping surrounding the fountain was designed and built by city arborist Matthew Pocock, including its own irrigation and lighting systems.
Originally council set a budget of $50,000 for the landscaping project including construction of the fountain, landscaping and curb work. But the project cost less than that, at $37,414.
"The project was completed under the budget authorized by council," said fire chief Wayne Price. "This was possible due to the cooperation and utilization of public works staff."
The fountain, with deep footings and a solid concrete base, was built to last for a long time without heaving or settling.
"The intention of the landscaping design, including the fountain, was to complement the building architecture and enhance the residential neighbourhood in which it is located," said Price. "We fell we have accomplished this with a feature that enhances the area while representing the civic nature of the building."