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Let’s Make a Splash! Give Today to Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain Fund!

Dear Fellow Elyrian,

Ely Square Revised Rendering 12-9-2016

This is a rendering of the proposed new Ely Square Fountain.

I know that you are someone who loves Elyria and values the important role

of our beautiful downtown Ely Square – especially our fountain. For six generations our square has been the place we go to reflect, play, propose, depart, return, remember, commemorate and celebrate. This sacred ground in the heart of our city is the keeper of our dreams and deepest thoughts and aspirations. And the fountain, with different versions appearing throughout the decades, is the focal point of it all.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A BROCHURE WITH MOR INFORMATION!

As we celebrate our 200th birthday, the City and our Bicentennial Committee are asking for your help to make sure that Ely Square continues to serve the needs of our community. We hope you will join us and become a generous donor to our Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain Capital Campaign. Our current fountain, despite regular maintenance by the City, is rapidly deteriorating because of constant use, age and weather. With the last major improvements made to the fountain in the 1970’s, it’s time for a major renovation that can replace rusted pipes and valves, frayed wirings, chipped concrete and worn out fittings. Community Dialogue Sessions were held in 2016 to determine what features the citizens want in their new fountain and the enclosed material reflects the preferred fountain.

To replace the fountain with today’s new technology and more durable and efficient materials, we are launching a capital campaign. To accomplish our goal of $900,000 we need the involvement of you, and other individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses and organizations. Please take a moment to review the enclosed materials and think about how you and others you are associated with can help with this important project. What better way to show civic pride than to invest in what I like to call our “community’s living room”. The three-tiered fountain, complete with large spray plumes, infinity pools, changing colored lights, and some interactive features, maintains a traditional yet more up-to-date look for today’s downtown. It is also handicap accessible.

Our new Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain will be the capstone for our downtown that is already on the rise. And, it will be an added attraction to our new Middle Avenue, East Avenue and Third Street, new lighting, cross walks, curbs and bike lanes; our new Pioneer Plaza and Elyria Arts Council; our new restaurants and offices; and a renovated Lorain County Courthouse. This rejuvenated, family-friendly atmosphere is helping downtown Elyria come back, and by participating in the fountain campaign, YOU can be part of the progress!

I am hoping that because of your long association with the City of Elyria, you will see the value in making this investment and donate to the Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain. Please take a moment to complete the enclosed donation form and return it to me with a contribution fitting of your commitment and your ability to donate to the city. Whether you decide to give $25 or $25,000 – please let us hear from you right away. We would like to raise the funds in time to rebuild the fountain during our 2017 Bicentennial year!

On behalf of the City of Elyria, our Bicentennial Committee, and everyone who looks to our fountain for inspiration, I thank you in advance for donating to the Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain.

In sincere gratitude,

Holly C. Brinda

Mayor

P.S. Elyria’s Ely Square is a treasure in the Western Reserve, whose unique character was built by visionaries, inventors and entrepreneurs. Our square and the historic institutions and town center buildings that surround it will continue to be held in reverence as our citizens and visitors come to visit our new Bicentennial Fountain. I urge you to join me in this important mission, today!

A contribution form is available here.

 

Bicentennial Fountain Naming Opportunities

NAME THE BICENTENNIAL FOUNTAIN (1 OPPORTUNITY)

A contribution of one third of the total project, or $300,000, which can be paid in equal installments of $100,000 over three years, will name the fountain until it must be replaced again (Estimated 25 years. Other payment arrangements may be negotiated).

An example of the naming would be: The XYZ Club Bicentennial Fountain

NAME THE BICENTENNIAL PLAZA (1 OPPORTUNITY)

A contribution of $150,000, which can be paid in three equal installments of $50,000 over three years, will name the circular plaza surrounding the fountain.

An example of the naming might be: The ABC Company Bicentennial Plaza

NAME THE BICENTENNIAL GARDENS (2 OPPORTUNITIES)

A contribution of $50,000, which can be paid in three equal installments of $16,666 each, will name one of two Bicentennial Gardens surrounding the Bicentennial Fountain and Plaza.

An example of the naming might be: The John Doe Bicentennial Garden

NAME THE BICENTENNIAL FOUNTAIN LIGHTS (3 OPPORTUNITIES)

A contribution of $25,000, which can be paid in three equal installments of $8,333 each, will name seven of the 21 LED colored lights that will illuminate the fountain.

An example of the naming might be: The Jane Doe Bicentennial Fountain Lights

IN HONOR 12″ X12″ GRANITE PANELS (5 OPPORTUNITIES)

A contribution of $15,000, which can be paid in three equal installments of $5,000 each, will allow for the donor to pay tribute on one of five granite panels located at strategic design intersection on the Plaza.

An example of a tribute might be: In remembrance of Elyria Founder Heman Ely. The message will be engraved on the panel.

NAME THE BICENTENNIAL FOUNTAIN BENCHES (16 OPPORTUNITIES)

A contribution of $5,000, which can be paid in three equal installments of $1,666 each, will name one half of one of eight granite benches surrounding the fountain.

An example of the naming might be a tribute to a loved one like: In honor of Mayor John Smith – 1892-1934. The message will be engraved on the bench

ENGRAVED BRICK PAVERS (318 OPPORTUNITIES)

A contribution of $250 will allow you to honor yourself or a special person with an engraved brick to be located on the outer ring of the fountain plaza.

To order a brick, please complete the Donor Commitment Form and return it with your check made out to the City of Elyria

(Notes Section: Bicentennial Fountain Fund)

The form and check should be mailed to:

Elyria City Hall – Attention Mayor Holly Brinda • 131 Court Street – Elyria, Ohio 44035.


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