Bob Baughman, the Chief of Parks
found this brochure that was, apparently, created
the opening of the Fountain at "Dallas Thomas"
Now known as "Friendship Park"
Bob Baughman was kind enough
to provide some information that
he has found concerning Friendship
Friendship Park, as it is called
today was originally named
Dallas Thomas Park
Apparently after a City Commissioner
Who was, according to information
provided by Bill Foley of the Times Union,
was one of four commissioners
that served with Haydon Burns and was
last re-elected in 1963 and
was indicted at some point after the Fountain
was named after him, hence the
name change !
Construction of the Fountain
was started in 1963 and completed in 1965,
and according to Bob, very difficult
to find parts for the
maintenance and repair of various
pumps that operate the Fountain.
Here is the text of an undated
- unsigned memo that Bob found in his office !
OF PARK DEPT.
COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
L. THOMAS PARK
AND OPERATION OF FOUNTAIN
fountain consists, briefly, of three water effects operating in a basin
200 feet in
For Simplicity, these water effects are designed as outer, middle and
The outer effect consists of 36 nozzles, equally spaced around the perimeter
the pool, projecting a stream of water inwards at an angle of 45 degrees
a height of approximately 35 feet. The middle consists of 18 nozzles
a 120 foot diameter, operating vertically, rising to a height of 40 feet;
consists of 9 nozzles on a 15 foot diameter, operating vertically, rising
of approximately 100 to 120 feet.
motor operating the outer nozzles is 250 horsepower with a pump capacity
per minute. The motor operating the middle effect is 150 horsepower
capacity of 4,500 gallons per minute and the center effect motor is 350
a pump capacity of 5,500 gallons per minute. With all motors and
capacity, with no wind velocity, there will be approximately 17,000 gallons
in the air each minute.
nozzle has four light of the following colors: Dark Red, light red, turquoise
The total number of lights is 252.
fountain can be operated either manually or automatically, if automatically
on a punched tape. In operating manually, the operator can control
or individual and collective pump operation at will. In operating
has to be made up as to the lighting and pumping effects and this is put
tape. In using punched tape, there is no limit as to how long the
height of the center nozzle was a wind instrument control that will limit
to the speed of the wind. For example, if the wind is less than 5
the center nozzle will rise 100 to 115 feet. With wind speed from
5 to 15 miles
hour, the height of the center nozzle will only go to 70 feet. If
the wind speed
15 miles an hour, the height of the center nozzle will only rise to approximately
feet. The reason for this is to control the blow-off of the water onto
the park and
observing the operation of the fountain.
operation of the fountain can be put on an automatic time clock.
This time clock
be set so the fountain will turn on at any given time automatically and
has to be
in conjunction with a tape program. Also, in conjunction with this,
time clock set for sunset hours which will allow the lights to come on
cannot be seen during daylight hours.
are approximately 500,000 gallons of water in the fountain and connecting
water is going through a continuous filtration system, taking out foreign
sand. Liquid chlorine is used to control allergy, slime, etc.
the fountain is operated Monday through Friday from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30
1:00 P.M. through 9:30 P.M.
from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.; Saturday from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sundays
(NOTE: I attempted to recreate this
document as closely as possible in type face,
layout, spelling and punctuation. Yes the original document said allergy