Wilmington's City Council received some pleasant news from Recreation and Downtown Services Superintendent, Amy Beatty.
Beatty said the Azalea Festival Commission wants to help bring a new fountain to downtown Wilmington. The fountain would be located in the riverfront park near the federal courthouse and is appropriately called the Blooming Fountain because of its flowering design.
The structure is designed with four metal petals that will fold down at the beginning of the week of the Azalea Festival. Beatty said the structure would remain with the petals folded up for most of the year.
Wilmington City Council members told Beatty that they would hope the fountain could remain with its petals open during most of the spring and summer months - not just the week of the festival.
Beatty explained that the structure will cost approximately $40,000. She said the Azalea Festival Commission would provide $20,000 and the city would have to match the other half of the cost.
Mayor Bill Saffo said the city may consider taking legal action to stake its claim to the intellectual property of the design.
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