Tuesday, May 17, 2011

#FriendshipFountain Special Update - Center Ring

Larry Summerville called me yesterday to alert me that they would be doing a full pressure test of the fountain pumps and nozzles and I scampered on down to get a look.

That is Eric Beebe standing in front of the Fountain, he is about 6 foot tall for height comparison, and he also worked on the last Friendship Fountain refurb in the early 2000's.

As you can note the Center ring is being pushed to the right due to winds I would guess to be around 15 - 20 mph and caused severe water over spray that completely soaked the east side of the Park and required that the pumps be turned down to about 60 - 75%.

Here is a shot of the Pump control panel with (left to right) Eric Beebe, Danny Strickland and Larry Summerville, all from AC General, as they were powering up the pumps.

The park is starting to shape up and this week they are expecting new trees to be put into place and then they should be starting on laying the new sod...

I will have an update again this Friday if not sooner and if you want to get into the discussion there is a pretty active one going on at Metro Jacksonville Forums.

Till next time,


MeAgain said...

Dude! I love this! The fountain was the first thing that Welcomed me to Jacksonville when we moved here in 99 and has been my favorite thing to shoot ever since. I admit to a large portion of envy that you got to up close and personal with it. I'm also grateful I get to live vicariously through your blog. Thank you so much for sharing!

Bob said...

Thanks so much and it won't be long before everyone can enjoy the Fountain and Park again. June 18 isn't that far off and hopefully you can plan on being there for the Grand reopening :)