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Peace Fountain Returning To Windsor’s Riverfront

Monday June 8th, 2020, 9:42am

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Windsor’s Peace Fountain will be returning to the riverfront very soon.

The annual installation of the Charlie Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain, which rests in the water alongside Coventry Gardens, is set to take place this week.

The fountain, which would normally have been installed in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, was put on hold last month due to Ontario’s restrictions on construction work during the COVID-19 pandemic. With these restrictions now lifted, the City of Windsor says the Peace Fountain should be operational by Saturday, June 13th.

“With so many of our annual celebrations and traditions put on hold due to the pandemic, it is particularly meaningful that we will be installing the Peace Fountain – a signature Windsor institution,” says Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

The fountain’s installation was also put on hold in 2019 after parts for its pumps were found to have significant wear due to sediment and debris.  Replacement parts were ordered from Germany and the fountain was put back into service in late June 2019 — several weeks ahead of schedule.

The future of the fountain was discussed by Windsor city council in December.  Councillors approved emergency repairs and a study is ongoing for refurbishment or replacement of the fountain the coming years.

The Peace Fountain, which is the only international floating fountain in the world, can propel water 70 feet in the air and displays a light show at night. It normally operates daily from 11:00am until 11:00pm between Victoria Day and Thanksgiving.

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