After years of cooling off fun seekers looking for a reprieve from the summer heat, Lula’s downtown water fountain needs a break of its own.
Decking around the popular attraction at Veterans Park, which is at the corner of Main and Athens streets, “is beginning to rise and fall and is not staying level,” Mayor Milton Turner said.
“So, for safety reasons, we thought we’d look at reengineering it and redesigning it.”
The mayor has said he doesn’t want to do repairs, estimated to cost $30,000, until after the northeast Hall County city’s Christmas in the Park and holiday parade, which are set for Dec. 5.
“We’d shut the fountain down in the winter anyway,” Turner said.
The fountain was part of Veterans Park’s original design and construction and has become “popular not just for Lula residents, but for people in surrounding communities,” Turner said.
The fountain is similar to the sprayground at Laurel Park in North Hall where water shoots in the area from pipes in the ground, dousing those standing in it.
The Lula fountain was especially busy this past summer, when high temperatures hit the triple digits.
The park, which features bricks laid in honor of veterans, was part of a larger streetscape project, or downtown beautification and improvements, that began several years ago.
Funding came from federal transportation enhancement money funneled through the state to local governments to dress up key roadways.
More improvements to downtown Lula could take place later this year.
Lula City Council voted in July to approve accepting a $306,000 transportation enhancement grant, which requires the city to chip in nearly $60,000, or a 20 percent match, in direct funding or in-house work.
In a bid opening planned for Wednesday, the project calls for new sidewalks, parking spaces, drains and landscaping along Main Street between Athens and Charlotte streets.
The section of roadway is lined on one side by businesses and on the other by railroad tracks, which run through the city. Lula City Hall sits at the corner of Charlotte and Main streets.
Turner has said he would like to see that work finished before winter.
“That way, it gives everything a chance to settle and get established,” he said.