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What's wrong with this picture?

June 03, 2012
  • The motor on this fountain at City Park broke. Whether the motor will be replaced is largely dependent on cost, said Junior Mason, the city's parks superintendent.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

The problem: Bob Hose of Hagerstown sent an email to The Herald-Mail about Hagerstown’s City Park.

“At one time the park had a beautiful in-lake fountain that harmonized with the natural beauty of the lake and its surroundings,” he wrote. “For many years, the fountain came on early in the morning and stayed on until dusk from spring through early fall. For the past two years, the in-lake fountain has not been used.”

Hose suggested that the city fix the fountain, which “would enhance the ... lake setting and possibly attract a little tourism to the area.”

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown

What they say: Junior Mason, the city’s parks superintendent, said Thursday that the motor on the fountain broke. The city tried to have it repaired, but found it would make more sense to replace it.

Screens were supposed to protect the motor, but bird excrement and mud from the shallow lake got through, Mason said. The city is considering whether another motor would be more durable.

Getting a new motor is “certainly something I want do,” Mason said. “A lot is dependent on cost.”

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— Compiled by Andrew Schotz


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