When you visit the library in the coming days you may see construction going on at our waterfall, and we wanted to give you an update about what to expect. Our waterfall was installed in 2008 and has been very well loved by our patrons and especially by the children of GPL. Of course this waterfall is not just decorative. It was created by the family of Dr. W.J. “Bill” Fisher in his honor. Dr. Fisher was a veteran, civic leader, and father of three who loved reading and visiting the library. The family wanted something that would honor the memory of their dad and enhance library visits for the community, and the waterfall area has the perfect way to do that. We have been so grateful to the Fisher family for their generous gift.
Sadly, the waterfall has been deteriorating for several years and its maintenance costs have continued to mount. In spite of several major updates our water feature now needs a complete renovation. In the coming days you will see work begin to renovate the area. The new area will feature a large “bubbling boulder,” as well as a natural seating in the form of rocks and benches, a stone patio, and some new plantings. The new garden area should also prove to be sturdier for the exploration and curiosity of our children, but do keep in mind that the bubbling water will be treated with chemicals to prevent algae, just like all public water features you encounter. We know that library users of all ages will enjoy this new water feature.
Incredibly, when we talked with the Fisher family about the need to remodel this area, they were excited to once again honor their father by generously funding this new project. So the Dr. Fisher memorial garden will continue to be a beautiful space for our community in his honor. I hope that when it is complete you will take a moment to sit and enjoy the space, read the plaque in Dr. Fisher’s honor, and enjoy watching the children explore the natural setting. They may not realize that “Pop” Fisher is behind all of this bubbling magic, but we will never forget.