A celebration of water, Aspen’s famed fountain
July 31, 2010
ASPEN – Thirty years ago, Aspen’s downtown fountain first danced to life. Since that day, the rising and falling waters of the Mill Street Mall have entertained thousands of locals and visitors alike.
“My fondest hope is that the fountain will become the standard meeting place in Aspen … that whiling away a little time there will be entertaining,” Nick DeWolf, who designed the fountain with Travis Fulton, told The Aspen Times at its 1980 unveiling.
The fountain will be a gathering place Saturday, as a coalition of individuals and organizations concerned with water resource issues will join together for the “Water is Life!” celebration.
“Water is at the front of my mind, and several of us wanted to create an event that would call attention to this important issue,” said Greg Poschman, a water-conservation advocate and the event’s organizer. “So with the common theme of water, and with this being the 30th anniversary of the fountain, it only made sense to create this type of celebration.”
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., Water is Life! is free and open to the public and will include door prizes, music and more. It is also a chance to mix and mingle with local organizations dedicated to water conservation and resource issues, including Roaring Fork Conservancy, ACES, Colorado River District, the city of Aspen, the U.S. Forest Service and Trout Unlimited.
“The idea is that we have this fountain that has made so many people so happy for so many years, that we should celebrate it,” said Poschman. “In doing so, we hope it will drive home the point that water is such an important resource, because it is such a beautiful and joyful part of our lives.”
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It is a point Poschman and his fellow event organizers hope to share with the general public.
“We want to reach out to people who aren’t part of the choir, if you will … people who wouldn’t normally attend a water meeting,” Poschman said. “Our hope is everyone will learn a little, and have a really great time celebrating water and Aspen’s famous fountain.”