Loring's Berger Fountain will remain off

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May 19, 2003 // UPDATED 10:50 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

As is the case with all Minneapolis display fountains, the Berger Fountain in Loring Park will remain shuttered this summer.

Michael Schmidt, assistant Minneapolis park superintendent, said that by keeping the city display fountains off this season, park board officials expect a savings of approximately $40,000.

Schmidt said the annual operating expenses for the Berger Fountain are between $14,000 and $15,000. He said those numbers reflect the cost of water and electricity to run the fountain, but the cost is actually higher, factoring in maintenance costs.

According to Schmidt, Berger Fountain also has some problems that could cause an imminent failure. \"It leaks. Parts of the brick and tile work around the exterior have deteriorated and need to be replaced,\" Schmidt said. \"Given its age, there are parts of the mechanical conditions that would cause it to fail at some point.\"