Writer / Alaina Sullivan
The Town of Bargersville will soon have a new town landmark. A Bargersville Founders Fountain will soon be a new fixture to the downtown Bargersville landscape with groundbreaking to begin in spring 2016.
According to Jeff Beck of the Bargersville Town Council who has spearheaded the project, the fountain will be located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Harriman Avenue, south of Bargersville Town Hall. The purpose of the Founders Fountain Plaza would offer a place for walking, running, biking and other general leisure and activities for Bargersville residents and visitors.
“It’s going to be a focal point for the town, a place where people can walk, ride and rest, visit and just sit and relax,” said Beck.
The local contracting company, Greenleaf Landscaping, will be working with the town for the design and construction of the fountain plaza. The fountain will honor past and present community residents, town businesses, the Indiana National Guard and all five Military branches. The design includes three water bubbling boulders, a walking path and sitting areas with six stone benches. Each of the stone benches will be engraved to represent either a Military branch or the Indiana National Guard. A Historic Marker will provide a short history of Bargersville.
They intend to honor four men who have lived in or are from Bargersville and served in the armed services: Cecil Milo Clore, John Brown, John Sutton and Marty Umbarger. They will be recognized in some manner in one of the fountain landmarks.
The town will be funding the project fully through financial donations. One way they will be receiving donations is through the sale of paver bricks. Individuals and/or businesses are encouraged to purchase a paver brick to be a part of the Founders Fountain Plaza.
Two different sizes are available for the brick pavers: 4×8 inch-bricks for $50 and 8×8 for $125. They will also be offering a 3×3-inch “souvenir” brick for $25. The souvenir bricks will not be part of the actual walkway installation.
In total, they are looking to raise $30,000 to fund the project. Beck said they are about halfway there. Thus far, however, they have raised about $8,000 solely from brick proceeds.
The town will be applying for a grant through the Johnson County Community Foundation in 2016 to assist in reaching their goal. They are planning on offering a special of 20 bricks for the price of $550 to help boost funds.
“I am proud of the fact that there are no tax dollars being used on the project,” said Beck. “Secondly, so far, it’s been a ‘mom and pop’ effort” with the bricks being purchased largely by individuals in the community and not large corporations or companies.
Beck said the support from the community on this project shows the resident’s dedication to enhance the beauty of their town.
“It seems like Bargersville has been forgotten,” said Beck. “It has been a forgotten gem, so hopefully this fountain will get this interest going and a little more pride for the town.”