Great Oak Commons Fountain Gets a Facelift

  • August 01, 2022 10:36 AM
    Message # 12869424
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Written By: Megan Robinson Secretary, ONS Foundation

    If you have been to Great Oak Commons this summer, you may have been disappointed not to hear and see the flowing water of the cast iron fountain at the center of the spoked pathways.  As anyone who has one or work with one knows, fountains take regular maintenance and are prone to challenges due to the constant exposure to water and weather.  This fountain, originally purchased from Robinson Iron in Alabama, is no exception. 

    As spring approached, the ONS Foundation, who owns and maintains the park, planned to have the fountain cleaned and painted as well as the failing pump replaced.  A neighbor with experience in both areas, coordinated the painting and took on the pump replacement project.  As many projects do, further investigation expanded the scope to entirely new plumbing as well as several repairs and reinforcements to the actual cast iron of the fountain itself.  Between these newly discovered needs and uncooperative weather, the project has taken longer than anticipated, but the ONS Foundation is committed to doing it properly so that we have this beautiful piece for many years to come.  With any luck, it will be up and running by the time this article goes to print. 

    A “few” years ago, several neighbors who were part of the recently formed Old Northside Foundation, had a vison of a park that would be “a place of quietness and respite from the surrounding bustling urban environment,” said Honorary ONS Board Member Tom Mote. Side by side empty lots were identified as a great location and so began the quest to make this park a reality.  Turns out fate might have had a part in this plan…it was determined the owner of the vacant lots was the College Corners Neighborhood Association with the same hope of turning it into the park.  And the rest, as they say, is history. 

    Great Oak Commons, along with Shawn Grove Children’s Park, continue to be enjoyed by residents and neighbors of the Old Northside.  The generous support of neighbors allows the ONS Foundation to keep them looking their best.  One neighbor even has put in their will a donation for a fund to care for the fountain. 

    If you are interested in donating to the Old Northside Foundation, visit  If you have a specific project you would like to support, select Initiative “General for Foundation” and indicate in the comments the desired use.  You also might consider donating through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits.  This program offers donors a state income tax credit for 50% of the donation amount.  These credits are limited so take advantage while you can. More information is available at

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