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Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project



Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project

As we continue towards our goal of raising $400,000 needed to complete Phase 1 of our fountain project, the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee along with the Virginia Community Foundation are very pleased to announce that during the month of April we received $12,479.50 in donations, bringing our total to $241,743.68.  We are most appreciative of the continued support  from the private sector and businesses.  It is our goal to raise as much of the remaining $158,256.00 as possible by this summer which may increase our chances of being eligible for possible matching funds.  Work has begun on the fountain and our plan is to have it operating by late summer.



Fountain History

During the Great Depression, the historic Olcott Park Fountain a.nd its surrounding rock garden were built by over 100 Virginians, including 70 Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers. Hexagonalin shape and made of stone, it is surrounded by a rectangular wall constructed of ornamental stone and includes a 46 by 60 foot square pool. Steps of granite flagstone lead to the terraced rock garden while the walls of the rock garden are constructed of native cut granite and greenstone coping. Powered on for the first time on August 16, 1937, the fountain water used to surge an impressive 30 feet into the air, highlighting vibrant colors that changed form as they moved through the air. There were 360 variations per hour that were possible with its extensive combination of colored flood lights and water sprays.


The Olcott Park Fountain has been part of the rich historical, social and cultural fabric of Northeast Minnesota drawing populations from all over the region to its locat ion in Virginia, MN. The fountain was so majestic and popular in it's day, that the City of Virginia had to enlist the help of policemen to  manage traffic flowing to and from the site.  Ardys Hawkinson  Nelson, in her book, "Growing Up in Olcott Park"  stated "The Mesabi Iron Range was basically populated by hard working, first and second generation people who came to this rugged country as lumbermen and miners. Children of many nationality backgrounds blended and enjoyed each others' rich cultural heritages... "


Donate Now!

We respectfully ask all current and former members of our community to consider a donation.  A donation of $250, or more, would be wonderful.  Any donation will be gladly accepted, however.  

DONATE BY MAIL
Mail your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations (payable to the “Olcott Park Fountain Fund”) to:

                 The Virginia Community Foundation
                 519 Chestnut Street
                 Virginia, MN   55792

ONLINE DONATIONS 
Submit your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations online
1) go to: http://www.virginiafoundation.com/
2) click on "give now"  on the left side of the page.
3) click on "online giving" under step 1, then click continue.
4) type in the amount you would like to give....
5) select the "Olcott Park Restoration Fund" under payment information  (this is below the payment method information).
6) select your payment method
7) complete the payment information
8) review your donation
9) click donate!


Upcoming Fundraising Events

As we continue towards our goal of raising $400,000 needed to complete Phase 1 of our fountain project, the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee along with the Virginia Community Foundation are very pleased to announce that total donations received to date is $305,000.00.  We are most appreciative of the continued support  from the private sector and businesses. 

We have received a matching donation of up to $50,000 for any donations we receive from now until June 30th!  Please consider donating so we can make our dream come true!!

It is our goal to raise as much of the remaining $95,000.00 as possible by this summer which may increase our chances of being eligible for possible matching funds.  Work has begun on the fountain and our plan is to have it operating by late summer. 

June

Prints and note cards designed by Spencer Hahne will be available for sale at the Land of the Loon.

August
Craft Beer event August 19th at Olcott Park.

The Olcott Park Fountain will be operating (exact date to be determined).

September
Flea Market.  Check back to this site for information updates.

November
Pat Surface and the Boundary Water Boys November 4th at Goodman Auditorium. Ticket information will be available at a later date.

Thank you for following the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration!