The new fountain has its own electrical system. It sits in the center of a new-look square, renovated with an $800,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant and $200,000 in-kind contribution from county government. It updates a centerpiece last renovated in 1963 by the late Senator and Ambassador John Sherman Cooper and his wife, Lorraine.
Designed by M2D Design Group and Bell Engineering, new Fountain Square is an open plaza space that serves as a focal point and an inviting gathering place. Steps and surrounding walls provide a variety of informal seating.
Center of the square is a circular plaza of concrete paving and brick pavers. Memorial bricks are located in paver bands and commemorative plaques will be on benches and planters. The square renovation is designed to be cohesive with and complement the plaza at Pulaski Court of Justice.
The statue of John Sherman Cooper is back in place, looking south toward First and Farmers National Bank. A simple landscape of lawn, evergreen shrubs, grasses and trees create a low maintenance frame for the plaza. Six of the existing cherry trees have been preserved. Concrete planters will provide opportunities for seasonal color.
Stamped crosswalks will provide safe pedestrian crossings directly to Fountain Square. A raised island with a roll curb and stamped concrete will be a pedestrian refuge at East Mt. Vernon Street.
New striping and arrows will help direct traffic through the square. Signage will be consolidated and relocated on mast arms.