Historic City Fountain Removed For Seasonal Maintenance

The Phoenix Square Fountain located in front of City Hall will be getting some seasonal maintenance.

The historic ornamental fountain was removed for the winter on Tuesday, October 11 to complete maintenance and painting.  This work is being done to ensure proper operation and longevity of the fountain. 

Both the cherub on top of the fountain, known as Freddy-the-Nude-Dude, and the basins were removed and will be sandblasted and repainted.

“It’s important that we invest in the preservation of Fredericton’s public art,” said Mayor Mike O’Brien. “I am confident City staff will take great care in the maintenance of our beloved fountain and return it this spring, refreshed and ready to take its place outside of City Hall.”

The Phoenix Square Fountain was originally designed as a three-tier basin style fountain and installed in 1885.  Fredericton City Council approved a restoration project in 2012 and the fountain was reinstalled in summer 2013.

The current maintenance work will be done in-house by City staff. The fountain will be back in place May 2017.