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Local fountain renovation nearly complete

Thursday, August 7, 2003

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The Chafariz dos Contos Fountain, located in Forest Park, has fallen into disrepair, though attempts have been made to maintain it. It should be completed by the end of the summer.

One of Brazil's most notable landmarks is in its final stages of repair after years of dilapidation, according to Tom Reberger, President of the Clay County Parks Association (CCPA).

The Chafariz dos Contos Fountain, located in Forest Park, was dedicated May 26, 1956. Ruthann Jeffries, President of the Brazil Park Board, says that the fountain has been in and out of repair since responsibilities over it were handed to the CCPA "five or six years ago."

"Two different parties worked on it, and it has worked on and off for at least two years," Jeffries said.

"We're all on a limited budget, but the Park Board is anxious to see the fountain working properly again, and I'm sure the Parks Association is, too."

The CCPA, which helps with maintenance on all parks in Clay County, has investigated and put money into the fountain for years.

"The fountain was in very bad repair when we took it over," Reberger said. "We've put over $20,000 into it and still have to do some plumbing.

"The cost of the plumbing is a minimal expense, though, and the fountain will be working in 100% original fashion soon, just like it did at first."

Reberger went on to say that the CCPA hopes to complete the process by the end of the summer, though he doubts that there will be any kind of ceremony for the reopening.

"The fountain has received plenty of recognition recently," he said.

The original fountain is located in Ouro Preto, Brazil, and was created between 1745 and 1760 by an unknown native artist. The replica in Forest Park was constructed by Paul Riberti, a Brazilian sculptor, and sent to Brazil in segments.

The plaque on the monument reads: "From the Republic of Brazil, a token of friendship to her namesake, the city of Brazil."

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