Saturday, September 01, 2007
Hall of Springs cherubs back at work at last.
Spa State Park repairs fountains
By JIM KINNEY , The Saratogian
SARATOGA SPRINGS - For more than 30 years, people have just walked past the four fountains at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Spa State Park without noticing the coral-colored stonework, the carved cornucopias and the stone cherubs, their cheeks puffed out with that distinctive fountain-head look."They were hidden by shrubs and it just sort of blended in with the rest of the building," said Mike Greenslade, park manager for Saratoga Spa State Park. "But that won't happen now, especially once they are all up and running."Maintenance staff at the park have already gotten two of the four fountains, the two on the south side of the building within the Saratoga Performing Arts Center gates, running. Workers have one of the larger fountains on the north side, nearer to the Hall of Springs entrance, almost ready to go. The other north-side fountain is still pulled apart, waiting for workers to install new grout between the stone blocks to make it watertight once again.Greenslade said maintenance workers have squeezed work on the fountains in between other projects all summer."It takes two people three or four days to get one working again," he said.Not that he's taking credit. He didn't know the crews were working on the fountains until a maintenance director took him on a tour a few weeks ago."We are always looking for little projects like this that we can knock off," he said.Work includes new pumps and plumbing.
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