Loring Park\'s marquee fountain is again cooling park-goers, thanks to almost $16,000 raised by residents of the Loring Park neighborhood.
\"We said we\'d raise $10,000 if the park board would turn the fountain on. We raised that in about four days,\" said Richard Anderson, president of Citizens for a Loring Park Community. \"We just flyered these buildings on the Loring Greenway. It was just amazing.\"
The Minneapolis Park Board shut off dandelion-like Berger Fountain (along with all other city display fountains) in a cost-cutting measure earlier this spring. Thanks to the donations, the fountain was turned back on June 13.
Loring Park residents and businesses will continue to raise money to renovate the Berger Fountain to run more efficiently.
\"Everything over $10,000 goes to future renovations of the fountain,\" Anderson said. \"This sends a really strong message to the Park Board. They can\'t think this fountain is something nobody cares for.\"
To make a donation to the Berger Fountain, write a check to CLPC-Berger Fountain Fund, 430 Oak Grove St., Ste. 117, Minneapolis, MN 55403.