Sykesville seeks donations for fountain

It will be focus of park to be built in Carroll town

December 02, 2003|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

When Sykesville turns 100 in May, the town expects to celebrate by dedicating a fountain that is to be the centerpiece of a new downtown park.

In a newsletter delivered to about 4,000 households last week, Mayor Jonathan S. Herman asked his neighbors to include the $45,000 project on their holiday lists. For a $50 contribution, a family can have its name engraved on one of the paver bricks that will surround the fountain. Forms for donations are attached to the newsletter.

"In keeping with the spirit of giving that is with us during the holiday season, I would like to think of the Centennial Fountain and Mainline Park as a gift we give to Sykesville," Herman wrote.

Preliminary work on the 10- foot-wide fountain is complete. Water and electric lines are in and new sidewalks encircle the space just off Main Street, next to the Old Main Line Visitor Center, which the town built about two years ago.

The remaining work will be done in the spring in time for the May 1 centennial celebration, officials said.

"People can see the actual size of the fountain because the base is already in," said Town Manager Matthew Candland.

It will take about 3,500 bricks to pave the area. If the town can sell about 1,000 of them by mid-March, it can fund the project and add a few enhancements, such as cast-iron fencing, benches and ornate edging around the fountain, Candland said.

"Maybe we should act like this is a school fund drive and each council member take a bag of bricks home to sell," said Councilman Mark Rychwalski.

Thelma Wimmer, a former councilwoman who has lived most of her 96 years in Sykesville and is considered its historian, gave the effort an initial boost with a $5,000 contribution. An additional $11,000 is available in state funding, officials said.

"I just made a presentation about the park to a group of town volunteers and Thelma gave us the first donation," said Herman.

The fountain and patch of green space with its benches and small play area for children will offer visitors and shoppers a place to rest, said Herman. The project will contribute to the cultural atmosphere on Main Street and will stand as a symbol of town pride, he added.

"It is a simple design that will add so much to our town," he said. "It is conceivable that this project will do really well and we will have one of the nicest parks in Carroll County."

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