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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2010, 11:10:14 AM »
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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2010, 11:20:17 AM »
I can be there, but gotta say I'm very concerned this project will get screwed up somehow.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2010, 11:47:13 AM »
All of that will be done with just 3.1 million? I certainly hope so. That is a very good use of money.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2010, 11:50:45 AM »
Southbank  has needed this for a long time. Would be nice if there was a way for children to interact with the fountain. How high will the jet pump? Can they surpass the previos height? Will skaters still be able to enjoy this area? The grass thing around the fountain is interesting. Glad they are fixing a Southbank landmark.
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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2010, 12:08:37 PM »
Will skaters still be able to enjoy this area?

Having skated Friendship many a time back in high school I would personally like them to continue their presence, however I'm very very bias and understand that "skaters" often give the wrong vibe. Would not suprise me one bit if the put up "skate stops" or some other preventative measure to keep skaters away. Then again maybe this is prime time to throw in a downtown skatepark?! I'm sure the plans are already set in ink but it's too bad this wasn't thought of before.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2010, 12:38:02 PM »
All of that will be done with just 3.1 million? I certainly hope so. That is a very good use of money.

this is just for the fountain area....there is another $9+ million set aside to redo the Southbank Riverwalk itself...design on that should start soon

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2010, 12:53:26 PM »
Having skated Friendship many a time back in high school I would personally like them to continue their presence, however I'm very very bias and understand that "skaters" often give the wrong vibe. Would not suprise me one bit if the put up "skate stops" or some other preventative measure to keep skaters away. Then again maybe this is prime time to throw in a downtown skatepark?! I'm sure the plans are already set in ink but it's too bad this wasn't thought of before.

I'm much more in favor of that, which could potentially become the home of some kind of local annual skate event.  I'd rather that skaters didn't have to recycle some "abandoned" structures to get their fix.  I remember seeing some kids skating up and down Forsyth by the old 618 building, because some of downtown Jax looks like  Manhattan in "I Am Legend".  I wish there was a skate park downtown and I wouldn't dare get on a skateboard.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2010, 01:59:59 PM »
I thought they used river water for the fountain, not potable, treated city water.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2010, 02:00:59 PM »
I would like a downtown skate park as well, but I'd rather see it on the Northbank.  Since a skateboard itself is a means of conveyance, there is no need for dedicated parking.  Just take a block in La Villa or around the Springfield park system and put one down.  A starter park could be built for cheap and added onto over time.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2010, 02:10:31 PM »
I would like a downtown skate park as well, but I'd rather see it on the Northbank.  Since a skateboard itself is a means of conveyance, there is no need for dedicated parking.  Just take a block in La Villa or around the Springfield park system and put one down.  A starter park could be built for cheap and added onto over time.

Hmmm? I'm not sure about LaVilla area. I personally think it would be cool on or close to the river. Shipyard skatepark?

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2010, 02:10:38 PM »
I would like a downtown skate park as well, but I'd rather see it on the Northbank.  Since a skateboard itself is a means of conveyance, there is no need for dedicated parking.  Just take a block in La Villa or around the Springfield park system and put one down.  A starter park could be built for cheap and added onto over time.
I'd modify that thought a bit. Rather that a traditional skate park, offer various ramps/moguls/jumps/obstacles throughout the north bank. Many already exist. I spent countless hours skating downtown in the eighties. There is much to do, but most places do not welcome the cursed skateboard. (A bit of respect for private property from skateboarders would go a long way to ease that sentiment.)

What I enjoy about DT skating is the changing scenery and the diverse terrain.
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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2010, 02:16:19 PM »
I thought they used river water for the fountain, not potable, treated city water.

The water isn't thrown away after a single use, it goes round and round.  The only new water added is to make up for evaporation.

You do NOT want to breath the mist from river water until they get the algae and bacteria counts MUCH lower than they are now.
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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2010, 02:27:24 PM »
I thought they used river water for the fountain, not potable, treated city water.........

The river water is typical southern coffee water. The water in the fountain is clear. That would be the first clue the two are different.

The second is that codes and health department won't let you use untreated water. You could pull it out of the river but you'd have to treat it and filter it. Like a swimming pool the water comes from JEA, is lightly treated and  recirculated.  "Make up water" is added water to take the place of evaporated water. (like others said)

In many respects it is similar to the fountains at the TUPAC and Landing.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2010, 02:35:55 PM »
It's about time.

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Re: Friendship Fountain Restoration Project To Break Ground
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2010, 02:44:32 PM »
I would like a downtown skate park as well, but I'd rather see it on the Northbank.  Since a skateboard itself is a means of conveyance, there is no need for dedicated parking.  Just take a block in La Villa or around the Springfield park system and put one down.  A starter park could be built for cheap and added onto over time.

Hmmm? I'm not sure about LaVilla area. I personally think it would be cool on or close to the river. Shipyard skatepark?

I'd like a skatepark on the moon, but that probably won't happen.  The city won't use a very valuable peace of land for a skatepark I'm sure, so let's shoot for some of the less developed or desirable areas first. Under the fuller warren would have been great also.  Skate parks will generate foot traffic and be a hub for young and alternative businesses.