News & Events
March 20, 2016
Thanks so much to everyone who
attended our first workday. Friends and neighbors from Grant Park, Ormewood Park,
Brookhaven, and even McDonough came to help clear the historic Lake Abana overlook behind the fountain,
which is all that remains of the lake that used to exist where Zoo Atlanta now resides.
For some it was about giving back to the neighborhood, while for others it was a chance
to meet like-minded folks. Some were there to rediscover a place from their youth that
has been hidden away by years of neglect and apathy. No matter the reason, the interest,
enthusiasm, and hard work shown by all proves what General James Doolittle once said;
“There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”
We finished the day by enjoying a well-deserved brew at Eventide Brewing.The Erskine Fountain Fund would like to especially
thank the awesome folks from Eventide who spent all day clearing the site with us,
and then hosted the after-party at their facility.
February 24, 2016
We've got a
few updates to share.
First we commissioned a site survey, which was a required first step
in developing a master plan. You can download a copy of that survey
we've reached an agreement with Zoo Atlanta regarding the fence
that presently prevents access to the historic Lake Abana Overlook.
Zoo officials have agreed to allow us to move the fence but at this time
we don't have the funds required to do so in a way that enhances the aesthetic
appeal of the site while maintaining the necessary security requirements for
perimeter fencing. So, in the meantime we decided to install a gate in order
to have access during special events. Presently the overlook
is overgrown and unusable so we're having a workday on March 19th
to clean it up. There will be an after-party at Eventide Brewing's tasting room.
Check our Facebook page for details.
November 2, 2015
It’s been awhile since
we last provided an update and wanted to let you know what’s been
going on with the fountain. Over the last six months we’ve been
working to put together a volunteer team with the expertise necessary
to get this project underway. We’re very happy to have Boyd Koons of
the Atlanta Preservation Center
on our board as he brings notable experience in the area of historic
preservation to bear on this project. We are also happy to announce that
Spencer Tunnell of Tunnell & Tunnell Landscape Architects
is working to develop a site design and conceptual rendering that will serve as
a guide to the overall project plan development.
Our volunteer board has also
been busy meeting with Zoo Atlanta officials to discuss the possibility
of relocating the fence that currently cuts off access to the historic
Lake Abana overlook. The discussions are very positive and we have high
hopes that this overlook will be restored to create a more expansive
and inviting area as part of the project scope.
And last but not least, the fountain.
We have budgetary pricing from Cherrylion Sculpture Studios
for what it will cost to clean up and treat the fountain including making a cast
of the missing sea creature at the base. We aim to have the missing top portion
of the fountain recast but are in desperate need of good photographs in order to
reproduce it. If anyone has such photos and is willing to share them, please
contact us at [email protected].
We’re optimistic that we’ll soon be able
to pull the trigger on putting some of the money raised in April toward the site
resulting in visible improvements for all to enjoy. As we make progress, we’ll
continue to provide updates.
April 18, 2015
Biscuits and Martinis Mixer was held at the Grant Mansion,
where 140 people enjoyed a great evening of food, drinks, and
socializing while showing their support for rescuing one of
Atlanta's oldest works of public art. We received generous
support from Ria's Bluebird, Stone Soup
Kitchen, Octane, DJ Spicebomb, and the Atlanta Preservation Center, who hosted the event.
A host of area businesses contributed goods and services for
the silent auction, which proved a great success. The event
raised $13,788, and was a remarkable first step in the
project, proving that "apathy has an enemy".
The funds will be used to obtain an analysis of the
fountain's condition, development of restoration proposals
and budgets, and applied toward implementation of the