After years of absence, the Lion’s Club water fountain is back in Ellwood City – bigger and better than ever!
On the corner of Lawrence and Sixth, a brightly colored lion statue sits, donated by the kindness of one of the Lion’s Club founding member’s daughter.
After nearly 30 years in the community, the old fountain had to be taken down due to wear and tear about 5 years ago. The club then started fundraising for a new fountain and the daughter of Floyd V. Scheidemantel, Sally, donated the money to the club to purchase a new one.
It took nearly a year and a half to be completed and was delivered to the club on Friday.
Sally didn’t want to wait until next year to see the fountain placed so it was set up yesterday and will remain up and running as long as the weather permits.
Once the temperatures start to drop and the water is turned off, the club hopes to leave the fountain up with a secure cover to protect it – much like the fountain in Zelienople.
“Nothing is set in stone yet and we will be discussing options regarding the winter plans for the fountain,” Club member, Tom Novosel, stated.
The fountain is made out of fiberglass and features a new handicap accessible design. The old fountain is still in storage and the club is determining if they want to refurbish it to put elsewhere in the town.
“I was very sad to see that go. Glad it’s back. It adds character and nostalgia,” Facebook user Stacey Poling Wetzel said.
For more information about the Ellwood City Lion’s Club, visit their official website here.