I know the responsibility probably lies at the park district which is a separate taxing body, so maybe someone from there can answer why it's been allowed to remain in disrepair for HOW MANY YEARS NOW?
And I don't even want to hear, "the homeless will tear it up","thugs will destroy it"..if that's the case put a camera there and run off anyone that shouldn't be there after a certain time.
Look at the fountains in other cities around here, there is a gorgeous one in Belleville (that's the first one that comes to mind).
Secondly, this also falls on the park district, why have all the beautiful water features in the park been allowed to dry up and become ridiculous eye sores (though they have been completely cleaned up by a local church volunteering it's time). I want to see that dolphin spitting water into the pond, I want to see water rippling down and through that beautiful part of the garden. Again, pay for security at night (not some old fart on a golf cart) but actually someone who can call the police and run off wrong doers.
The park district has plenty of money for salaries of folks who really don't do much more than tool around in a side by side during their shift, trim some of that fat and get our parks up to snuff, return it to its former glory. And let the police take care of those who try to do it harm.
And how about some pretty flowers around that gazebo on Madison Avenue? That is under the care of the park district as well, even though volunteers painted it themselves year before last because the park district just couldn't take care of that either.
Does anyone else see a pattern here?
Anyone else have any thoughts on this?