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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 16 2014 5:59 AM UTC +00:00
$4,751
pledged of 20.000 $pledged of 20.000 $ goal
29
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 16 2014 5:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Committee to Restore Logan Fountain is made up of volunteers from the local Park Board as well as private citizens. We have happily taken on the task of raising the funds needed to see this project to fruition. As of September 30th, 2014 we are at 70% of our goal and we hope you will help us over the finish line. Please read the brief history of our fantastic park and wonderful fountain we have provided for you. We know you’ll agree that while there are many reasons to treasure Riverside Park, she cannot be complete without her fountain.

Riverside Park has served as the heart of Independence, Kansas since its creation in 1914. For the last 100 years, faithful caretakers have tended to the buildings, grounds, and amusement rides with the dedication and reverence deserving of the countless memories that have occurred within its bounds.

Independence is a sleepy town of 9,500 residents founded along the lush banks of the Verdigris River in the southeast corner of Kansas. It exudes the quiet, unassuming nature you would expect of a small, Midwestern town. There is a small but historic downtown filled with ‘mom and pop’ stores where you are always greeted with a smile and, usually, by name. Summer nights are spent at the ball fields or church socials and just about every car you pass on its streets offers a friendly wave – whether they know you or not. But, much like the river itself, still waters run deep and the heart of Independence and her surrounding communities has always been Riverside Park.

You may have never heard of Riverside Park but it has been the site of several significant events in American history. On April 28th, 1930, the local minor league baseball team played the first baseball game held under lights in the history of organized baseball. The great Mickey Mantle even played here during his rookie year. Roughly half of the park’s 106 acres consists of a free zoo. Ralph Mitchell Zoo originated in 1924 but had its biggest construction boom during the Great Depression when the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, built some of its most beloved structures. Perhaps their most recognizable building is Monkey Island, a stone castle surrounded by a walled moat. Miss Able, a rhesus monkey, was selected from Monkey Island to be the first American monkey shot into space on May 28th, 1959. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, William Inge, was born and raised in Independence and the park served as a character in his wildly popular play, ‘Picnic.’ Every spring, Independence hosts the William Inge Festival, a week-long celebration of theater that has combined Broadway superstars with local talent for 34 years. The spring of 2014 saw the installation of four, specially commissioned bronze statues based on either Inge plays or Inge himself around the fountain. These expertly crafted, one-of-a-kind sculptures, a donation from the Estate of Lucy Thompson, have cemented the area of Logan Fountain as an attraction worthy of Inge and the park he loved so much.

Logan Fountain joined this cast of characters in 1948 when it was donated to the City of Independence by Robert Logan. Since that time, several generations of area residents have cooled hot feet on summer days in its water and it has served as a stunning backdrop for couples to exchange fervent vows. Many more have carried on the tradition of coming to the park on summer evenings to gather at the fountain. Folks bring blankets to spread on the lawn or sit on benches and unwind while eating their favorite ice cream or snow cone and watching the light and water dance together.

Logan Fountain was maintained as well as it could be over the years even though the local economy has seen its ups and downs and the city has had to tighten its belt along with most small towns. In 2012 the fountain was evaluated and deemed too unsafe for continued operation. During this evaluation it was decided that a major overhaul to Logan fountain was due to replace the worn out lighting and controls as well as replace faulty plumbing and electrical systems. However, while the goal is to replace the major systems, the City is in agreement with citizens in that the finished product simply must retain its historical look. To accomplish this, the city contracted with Roman Fountains, an industry leader in fountain design and restoration for the last 50 years. Designers at Roman Fountains recognized the importance this fountain holds for the citizens of Independence and have devised plans and equipment lists to completely modernize and simplify all lighting and controls for the fountain yet maintain the original, central structure. The original Westinghouse light fixtures will be replace with full-spectrum, LED lights, controls will be simplified and digitized allowing for customizable displays, and the equipment room will be house outside the central vault to allow for safe and easy maintenance.

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The Independence community has long been known for its generosity and this project is no different. There are local merchants and trades people ready to assist as soon as enough funds are raised to purchase equipment and get us mobilized. Every donation is vital to our success.

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