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Bob Baughman, the Chief of Parks Maintenance
found this brochure that was, apparently, created to celebrate
the opening of the Fountain at "Dallas  Thomas" Park.
Now known as "Friendship Park"

Bob Baughman was kind enough to provide some information that
he has found concerning Friendship Fountain.
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 !

Jacksonville 6, Florida



  The fountain consists, briefly, of three water effects operating in a basin 200 feet in
  diameter.  For Simplicity, these water effects are designed as outer, middle and
  center. The outer effect consists of 36 nozzles, equally spaced around the perimeter
  of the pool, projecting a stream of water inwards at an angle of 45 degrees which rises
  to a height of approximately 35 feet.  The middle consists of 18 nozzles on approximate-
  ly a 120 foot diameter, operating vertically, rising to a height of 40 feet; the center
  effect consists of 9 nozzles on a 15 foot diameter, operating vertically, rising to a
  height of approximately 100 to 120 feet.

  The motor operating the outer nozzles is 250 horsepower with a pump capacity of 6,750
  gallons per minute.  The motor operating the middle effect is 150 horsepower with a
  pump capacity of 4,500 gallons per minute and the center effect motor is 350 horsepower
  with a pump capacity of 5,500 gallons per minute.  With all motors and pumps running
  full capacity, with no wind velocity, there will be approximately 17,000 gallons of
  water in the air each minute.

  Each nozzle has four light of the following colors: Dark Red, light red, turquoise and
  amber.  The total number of lights is 252.

  The fountain can be operated either manually or automatically, if automatically it will
  be on a punched tape.  In operating manually, the operator can control all lighting
  effects or individual and collective pump operation at will.  In operating automatically,
  a program has to be made up as to the lighting and pumping effects and this is put on
  punched tape.  In using punched tape, there is no limit as to how long the program can

  The height of the center nozzle was a wind instrument control that will limit the height
  according to the speed of the wind.  For example, if the wind is less than 5 miles per
  hour, the center nozzle will rise 100 to 115 feet.  With wind speed from 5 to 15 miles
  an hour, the height of the center nozzle will only go to 70 feet.  If the wind speed
  exceeds 15 miles an hour, the height of the center nozzle will only rise to approximately
  50 feet. The reason for this is to control the blow-off of the water onto the park and
  persons observing the operation of the fountain.

  The operation of the fountain can be put on an automatic time clock.  This time clock
  can be set so the fountain will turn on at any given time automatically and has to be
  used in conjunction with a tape program.  Also, in conjunction with this, we have
  another time clock set for sunset hours which will allow the lights to come on as the
  lights cannot be seen during daylight hours.

  There are approximately 500,000 gallons of water in the fountain and connecting lines.
  This water is going through a continuous filtration system, taking out foreign objects
  and sand.  Liquid chlorine is used to control allergy, slime, etc.

  At present, the fountain is operated Monday through Friday from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
  and from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.; Saturday from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sundays from

  1:00 P.M. through 9:30 P.M.

 (NOTE: I attempted to recreate this document as closely as possible in type face,
         layout, spelling and punctuation. Yes the original document said allergy not
         algae..... Bob@WolfStalks.Com)

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