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Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, PIO, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7008

NORTHBRAE NEIGHBORHOOD CELEBRATES FOUNTAIN ANNIVERSARY
Neighborhood also recognized as one of the nation's great neighborhoods

Berkeley, California (Monday, October 24, 2011) - Berkeley is a city with strong neighborhood histories and identities. North Berkeley’s Northbrae neighborhood celebrated the 100th anniversary of its iconic fountain on Sunday, October 16, with nearly 300 friends and neighbors participating.

The party was complete with an official proclamation and affectionate speeches that honored the fountain, the neighborhood, and most of all, the surrounding community.

“It was a wonderful event,” said City Manager Phil Kamlarz. “The Fountain Walk is well-designed, but it’s the time and energy that the neighbors have devoted to it that makes it beautiful. It’s truly a symbol of what a special place Berkeley is.”Marin Fountain Scene

The proclamation read in part: “The Fountain, a victim of disrepair and deterioration for almost 40 years, was resurrected in 1996 through a community-wide campaign of donors, volunteers, artisans and builders; and … since 1996 the fountain maintenance -  including pump repair, graffiti abatement, landscaping – has been done by a dedicated group of local volunteers led by Sara Holmes, who now envision the repair of the balustrade along Fountain Walk as the next step in the revitalization of The Circle...”

The fountain’s centennial celebration coincided with the national designation of Northbrae as one of the “10 Great Neighborhoods for 2011.” This recognition comes from the American Planning Association, which cited Northbrae’s views, gardens, public spaces, and neighborhoods as exemplifying “exceptional character.”

According to the APA: “Northbrae was singled out for its abundance of preserved views of the San Francisco Bay; garden suburb design with streets and footpaths that follow the contour of the hills and gracefully skirt outcroppings of magnificent volcanic rock; impressive public spaces and amenities; and engaged residents who have done much to restore and maintain the neighborhood.”

To learn more about the APA’s award, visit http://www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/2011/. Below is the full text of the proclamation honoring the fountain and its neighbors:

RECOGNIZING AND CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE FOUNTAIN AND WALK AT MARIN AVENUE

WHEREAS,  The Fountain and Walk at The Circle at Marin Avenue, designed and built in 1911 and envisioned to be the grand entrance to the California State Capitol at Berkeley, has become the quintessential icon of the Northbrae neighborhood, symbolizing the grace, history and natural influences of early 20th century life and architecture in Berkeley; and

WHEREAS,  The American Planning Association has just recently designated the Northbrae neighborhood as one of the 2011 ten best neighborhoods in the United States, citing, in part, the fountain and the streets and walk radiating from it as elements of excellent early 20th Century urban planning; and

WHEREAS,  The Fountain, a victim of disrepair and deterioration for almost 40 years, was resurrected in 1996 through a community-wide campaign of donors, volunteers, artisans and builders; and

WHEREAS, Since 1996 the fountain maintenance -  including pump repair, graffiti abatement, landscaping – has been done by a dedicated group of local volunteers  led by Sara Holmes, who now envision the repair of the balustrade along Fountain Walk as the next step in the revitalization of The Circle; and

WHEREAS,  For a century, The Fountain and Walk have brought joy, a sense of neighborhood identity and civic pride to the citizens of North Berkeley.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT I, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BERKELEY, do hereby recognize the 100th Anniversary of The Fountain and Walk at The Circle at Marin Avenue, and honor and commend Sara Holmes and the many other volunteers and supporters who have worked so hard to maintain and honor this beautiful piece of Berkeley.

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