Rededication/Fall Garden Party

Fountain Rededication • Photos by Patrick McCoy
Fountain Rededication • Photos by Jim Salvas & Lane Randall
2016 Annual Fall Garden Party • Photos by Jim Salvas

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Annual Fall Garden Party

We're all invited to the lovely home of Christina & Eric Wilcomes 220 East Ashbridge Street

We’re all invited to the lovely home of Christina & Eric Wilcomes • 220 East Ashbridge Street

Our annual Friends of Marshall Square Park Fall Garden Party is coming up. Please join your FMSP neighbors to kick off the fall season.

  • Mizuna Catering of West Chester plans a great picnic supper for us.
  • Count on Carlinos traditional “Friends of Marshall Square Park” layer cake!
  • Victory Brewing Company is once again donating beer.
  • As always, depend on Lee and Eric Miller’s select wines.

Our events are Members Only, so please join. Members, pay your 2016 dues!

Tickets (each)
$65  At-the-Door from 9/22 thru 9/24
On-Time from 9/12 thru 9/21

$55  Early-Bird discount thru 9/11

Pay Online at our Wild

Mail or drop-off checks payable to Friends of Marshall Square Park
FMSP Treasurer

$20 Senior 65+
$20 Full-Time Student
$30 Individual
$40 Family
$75 Organization

Before the party, come with us to our Fountain Rededication at 4 PM. It’s 130 years old and deserves fanfare, don’t you think? Come applaud yourself and the hundreds of people in our community who made this happen. Then, we’ll take an easy walk to the Wilcomes’ home to celebrate in style.

Note: Until just before the Rededication, the fountain is on standby for construction of the surrounding plaza.

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Save the Date!

Marshall Square Park’s
Fountain Rededication

September 24, 2016, 4 PM
Marshall Square Park
E. Marshall & N. Franklin Streets
, West Chester
Free to All

Marshall Square Park 1889 Fountain running daily (with lights) for the first time in 60 years

Marshall Square Park 1889 Fountain running daily (with lights) for the first time in 60 years

Be there as we celebrate and rededicate our beautiful fountain. Hear the remarkable story of loss, recovery, and restoration. After 65 years, watch the fountain waters spray and rise again. Make history with us.

Meet our new neighbor and prime benefactor, Pat Loew, as we rename the fountain in honor of her late husband, Jack Loew. Like the fountain, Pat’s spectacular renovation of her new home honors its Victorian heritage.

Meet Officers and Committee members who know how it takes a community to plan, design, and accomplish such a lofty endeavor. Honor those who preserved the fountain for decades, those who helped in its recovery, those who sponsor park benches and buy granite coping stones, those who open their homes for fundraising events, dedicated contractors, and Borough leaders for supporting our efforts, and especially neighbors like you who pay dues and give your time.

Thank you everyone. Enjoy the fountain and help us earn the funds to finish our new Gateway to West Chester.

Fountain Milestones

127 Years Ago — Installed and Dedicated in May 1889
65 Years Ago — Removed and Lost
10 Years Ago — Started Planning and Searching
4 Years Ago — Recovered Major Sections
December 16, 2015 — Restored and Reinstalled
July 27, 2016 — Running Daily for the first time in 60 years
September 24, 2016 — REDEDICATION

See a 4-minute video of the recovery & installation (May 2012 and December 2015)

Friends of Marshall Square Park’s annual Members-Only Fall Party starts after the Rededication.


1889 MSP Fountain returned, restored, and looking good, considering 😉

The original Marshall Square Park fountain from 1889.
Found in 2012 and restored to its original site on December 16, 2015,
where Victorians walked and truly appreciated the fountain’s contribution to their community.

We’re Excited!
FMSP Fountain Committee
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Fountain Returning to Standby Mode

Last Day: 6am to 11pm, Sunday, August 14, 2016

Until just before its
Rededication on September 24, 2016,
the fountain returns to standby mode for
construction of its surrounding plaza.

In case you haven’t seen it soar, stop by today!

FMSP Fountain July 2016

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Fountain at Full Blast with Lights!

Marshall Square Park 1889 Fountain running daily (with lights) for the first time in 60 years. 7:30AM to 11PM

Marshall Square Park 1889 Fountain running daily (with lights) for the first time in 60 years. 6AM to 11PM

Until the plaza brickwork begins (within weeks), the fountain is to stay full-on from 6AM to 11PM.

The construction should finish several days before the September 24, 2016, Rededication. Video: Marshall Square Park 1889 Fountain running daily for the first time in 60 years.

Engraving for the first batch of granite coping stones, surrounding the fountain’s new fence, closes next week; so order now. Don’t miss the first batch — the wait is until the second batch makes it practical for the engraver to come on site.

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This happened today…

July 14, 2016 The Fountain's First Test. Come to the Dedication on 8/24/2016 at 4PM to see it perform full blast for the first time!

July 14, 2016 The Fountain’s First Test. Come to the Dedication on 9/24/2016 at 4PM to see it perform full blast for the first time!

Tom—from our contractor, Pebble Pools—turned on and tested the Marshall Square Park fountain for the first time. With all seven sprays performing, it’s a glorious sight.

Much more work needs doing, like installing the new fence and restoring the surrounding plaza; but it felt so good to see the sprays rising after over 60 years. And for Friends of Marshall Square Park, a giant step in their ten-year labor of love.

To help us finish the project, donate at,

PS  The fountain is in “stand-by” mode so the filters work while waiting for the official Fountain Dedication on September 24, 2016, at 4PM. This free event is open to everyone — bring your family and friends, share on Facebook, call your grandparents!

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Writing in Our Neighborhood

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 2 to 3:30 PM, join us for “Writing in Our Neighborhood” led by Corinne H. Smith, nature blog writer and author of “Henry David Thoreau for Kids.”

2016_0623FMSPReLibraryWe meet at the library and walk to Marshall Square Park to be inspired by the nature we see. Participants are encouraged to bring along a journal and/or sketchbook.

For ages 13 and up. Space is limited, so please click here for more details and to register.

West Chester Public Library
email WCPL

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