Friday, October 12, 2012

2012 Boat Light Parade Downtown Jacksonville

The 2012 Jacksonville Boat Light Parade will be held on Nov 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM ET.

Viewable from both the North and South Riverwalks (including Friendship Fountain) it was also announced that immediately following the Light Parade the Holiday Fireworks Spectacular will be held including the signature Waterfall Fireworks from the Acosta and Main Street bridges.


This is a MUST see for Adults and kids alike and a great evening out for the family.

For more details click the link above.

Till next time, Bob

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

#FriendshipFountain Repaired and PINK for October

Received word from Mike Cribbs (writing for Rick Sawyer) that the Fountain lights have been repaired and Friendship Fountain is operating again.

This being Breast Cancer Awareness Month Friendship Fountain will be showing support by sporting the color PINK all month.

Local Breast Cancer Awareness Month events courtesy of

The Fountain is expected to operate normally all Month and I am waiting word on the 2012 Holiday Schedule :)

Till next time, Bob

Monday, October 08, 2012

Southbank Riverwalk replacment plans...

Headline from

City eyes summer 2013 as possible starting date for replacement of aging Southbank riverwalk

Read the article here...

Plans are to replace the wood planked Riverwalk with concrete. While I have to say I loved the idea of a Wood Riverwalk when it was originally built the maintenance has proved to be beyond the City's capabilities and concrete is a better idea for long term...


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Friendship Fountain Drained!

Tweet from @JaxParks this afternoon...

Friendship Fountain water drained to allow for light repairs - hope to have operating again soon.

Will update when I get additional information.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

#FriendshipFountain Updates

I have been remiss in posting updates, my apologies.  Obviously I am not a writer in another life ;)

I have been getting inquiries as to the status of the "Blue Box".

The replacement "Blue Box" was put into service in June 2012 and while I heard there were some issues, that appeared to be operator related initially, the Fountain has basically been back in operation since.

The Week of July 4, 2012 the Fountain was operating with the patriotic Light and Sound program every evening and based on pictures I saw was operating 100% during the Jacksonville Downtown Fireworks extravaganza.

Also reports are that the patriotic music program had been updated and of course the Pergola is now in place.

More images here:

However all is not rosy as there have been recent reports of the Fountain not operating at times during the day, thanks @newzgrrl

Rick Sawyer, City of Jax, replied to my inquiry regarding these reports and let me know there are some lights not operating properly and an Electrical Contractor is working to try and determine what the problem may be, which requires that the Fountain be shut down at times.  However it should be operating with Water Features and Lights every evening.

Again my apologies for not posting sooner and thanks to those of you that have written directly, tweeted or left comments here for your interest in Friendship Fountain and your prodding to get updated information posted.

Til next time,

Friday, May 11, 2012

More #FriendshipFountain Construction

If you are planning on taking a trip to Friendship Fountain in the near future don't be surprised when you see new Construction Fencing on the East side of the Fountain...

As reported by Beth Slater (@newzgrrl on Twitter) fencing is in place and Rick Sawyer from the City of Jacksonville has confirmed this is the beginning of the Pergola addition to the east side of Friendship Fountain.

Estimated completion is not known at this time but we are certainly excited to see the City following through with this :)

Now we just need that pesky "Blue Box" replacment to arrive to get the lights and sounds of Friendship Fountain back to normal...

Mothers Day is this Sunday and there is a  Mother’s Day Boat Cruise to benefit the St. Johns Riverkeeper, 10 a.m.-Noon from #FriendshipFountain Reservations needed: Contact 904-256-7613 or
St. Johns RiverKeeper

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

#FriendshipFountain Update

Rick Sawyer, from the City of Jacksonville, sent us an email this morning and it appears that the "blue box", basically the electronic heart of the Fountain's Music and Light systems, has gone haywire and a replacement is on it's way.

Until it has been replaced the sounds and lights of Friendship Fountain will not be operating, however the water jets are unaffected.

We will post more information as it becomes available.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

#FriendshipFountain Lights Issue

According to an update I received this Morning from Rick Sawyer, Park Maintenance Superintendent, an Issue cropped up Friday or Saturday night with the Fountain's Lighting which the Contractor is looking into.

So if you visit Friendship Fountain in the next few days the lights may not be working properly...

Will keep everyone posted as I get any information from the City.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Green #FriendshipFountain? St. Patrick's Day

For St. Patrick's Day the City of Jacksonville is planning on turning Friendship Fountain GREEN :)

According to an update I received yesterday from Rick Sawyer, Park Maintenance Superintendent, City of Jacksonville, Friendship Fountain will be Green from March 12, to March 19, 2012 for St. Patrick's day...

Should make for some nice pictures not to mention just getting into the spirit of things.

The Fountain turned PINK for the Weekend of Feb 11 - 12, 2012 in Honor of the National Marathon To Finish Breast Cancer or better known as the 26.2 with Donna...

Certainly like to see the Fountain helping to promote Holidays and Events around town :)

Till next time,

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

#FriendshipFountain Schedule Update

I received an email from Rick Sawyer, Park Maintenance Superintendent, City of Jacksonville, this morning with just an update on the scheduling for the Fountain, which remains basically the same for the foreseeable future.

The basic Friendship Fountain hours of operation are scheduled as follows:

Fountain Water Feature: 9:00 AM ET to Midnight Daily 7 days a week.

Ambient Light Program starts: 4:15 PM ET to Midnight daily.

At the present time the Fountain is basically set on Low (as far as height of the Water streams) due to changing wind and potential freezing conditions.

Again Rick would appreciate any information from the public if you should note any irregularity in the Fountain Operations so they can continue to identify any issues.

Just drop a line here and I will pass them on...

Also I had the opportunity to get down to Friendship Fountain On Feb 4 and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the overall condition of the Park.

It appeared to be well maintained and the grass doing very well on the South, North and East sides of the Fountain and the West side, which takes the brunt of traffic and water overspray appeared to be recovering compared to a visit a month earlier...

I was there during the Free River tours given by The Jacksonville Water Taxi and there were about a 100 or more folks lined up for the rides while I was there, was very nice seeing the number of folks. Also watching the kids running and playing on the grass surfaces of Friendship Fountain Park just makes me realize what an improvement the Renovations last year made...

I want to pass on my Thanks to Rick for keeping us updated, what a welcome change ;)

Till next time, Bob

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

#FriendshipFountain Update - Hours & More

I have received many inquiries over the last month or so regarding the Hours of Operation for Friendship Fountain and today I received an email from Rick Sawyer who is now supervising Operations of Friendship Fountain.

Some background first... Apparently the programming for the Fountain is still experiencing some glitches and requires resetting occasionally which has disrupted the routine hours for the Fountain Operations however they have been working with the Contractor to sort those out.

The basic Friendship Fountain hours of operation are scheduled as follows:

Fountain Water Feature: 9:00 AM ET to Midnight Daily 7 days a week. (Note that the water is regulated to reduce overspray based on wind speed)

Outside Lighting: 6:00 PM ET to 7:00 AM ET

Inside Fountain Lighting: 4:15 PM ET to Midnight daily. (The early start is to allow for manual check to ensure programming is running)

Additional notes: During the winter months the water height is further regulated based on the possibility of freezing temps to prevent water spray from affecting the Main Street bridge.

Rick would appreciate any information from the public if you should note any irregularity in the Fountain Operations so they can continue to identify any issues.

Just drop a line here and I will pass them on...

Till next time, Bob