FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 2, 2004
Contact: Mayor’s Press Office
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SAN FRANCISCO’S VAILLANCOURT FOUNTAIN STARTS
San Francisco, CA –Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Aaron Peskin today took part in the turning on of San Francisco’s Vaillancourt Fountain. Created by French-Canadian artist Armand Vaillancourt in 1971, San Francisco’s Vaillancourt Fountain is located at Justin Herman Plaza, along the city’s waterfront in the northeast corner of the city.
In the summer of 2004, San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin led an effort in collaboration with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Boston Properties, which maintains Justin Herman Plaza, to turn the fountain back on, after the City turned it off in 2000 to conserve resources.
“San Francisco is proud to once again have the Vaillancourt Fountain flowing,” said Mayor Newsom. “Thanks to the leadership of Supervisor Peskin, and the collaboration of the Public Utilities Commission, the Recreation and Park Department, and Boston Properties, we are proud to have this unique fountain flowing again for the enjoyment of San Franciscans and visitors alike.”
An estimated $250,000 per year was required to keep the fountain operating, but after subsequent evaluations, the City determined that the cost of powering the fountain would be an estimated $76,000. Boston Properties has agreed to pick up the maintenance cost, of approximately $20,000.
Supervisor Peskin added, “I am delighted to see the Mayor’s commitment to our parks and open spaces. This will revitalize one of our city’s premiere parks.”
Joining Mayor Newsom and Supervisor Peskin at the event were representatives from the Recreation and Park Department, Boston Properties and community advocates in support of the fountain.
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