Just in case you were wondering whether Albany’s Waverly Lake now has a fountain, the answer is no, not yet.
“We are still waiting on [the] contractor,” Rick Barnett of the city parks department told me by email today. “I talked to him two weeks ago and he said we should see him this month. At this point it doesn’t hurt us to wait on him.”
Back in August, a contractor hired by the city cleared the lake of algae and other growth. This was to be followed by the installation of 12 aerators and a fountain, but the crew was called away and planned to return in October.
In early November, the parks department said the contractor was expected to return soon.
A month later, the bike and I circled the lake on Thursday, with me wondering if I could spot the fountain.
All I could see was a couple of blue things sticking out of the water in the middle of the lake. Was that the top of some equipment?
I couldn’t see clearly that far away, but the digital zoom on my phone camera made those things look a little like the tops of plastic bottles.
Whatever they were, they were not the fountain. Or one of the aerators.
As Barnett said, though, now the city can wait. It will be next summer when the aerators and the fountain will be nice to have, especially if they work in keeping the lake clear. (hh)