JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After falling into disrepair and not operating for years, the Friendship Fountain, reopened Saturday morning.
Several hundred were on hand at the dedication hosted by Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton today. The fountain is 46 years old and new pumps, pipes, a new lighting system, and new sound system were added at a cost of $3.1 million.
"It was important that we make strategic investments in our downtown area. It has enormous potential and we have to be ready for the post-recession era," said Peyton.
Peyton made the decision 18 months ago to make the investment in tough times and despite opposition, and the city council voted to repair the fountain. "I am proud to be here today."