Lest you become alienated by the mysteries of the city, here are two briefs related to your Capitol Hill physical environment. Please do what you can to get over any other mysteries you encounter on your lonesome. First, we asked Seattle Park what’s going on with the still-not-working Cal Anderson Park fountain. Parks tells us the water feature is not going to start running again for another week. Here’s the note we received from a Parks rep:
Two things: 1) plumbers are people of few words; 2) it’s a pretty short story.
After some prodding, here are the answers I got:
From the plumber: It’s the pump parts we are waiting for. From the plumber’s supervisor: The pump lasted from project completion in September 2005 to this point. It’s German, and on its way.
That solves *some* of the mystery. But now we need to know more about those German pump parts:
The pump is about 6 years old. It runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It stopped working a few weeks ago. The Central area team, including Plumbers and Electricians disconnected the pump and took it to a repair facility in South Seattle. They are a vendor and a excellent repair facility. They rebuild and refurbish most all of the Parks Dept. pumps. They are waiting for parts from Germany to rebuild our pump. I talked to them this morning and They don’t understand why it takes so long to get custom made parts from Europe.
The Parks rep also says the department is currently planning to take down the fencing protecting the park’s turf repair project in the second week of July. Just in time for Bobby Morris playfield to be closed for the summer for lighting replacement.
Meanwhile, you might have noticed the giant wrapped building on Melrose along the Denny Way entrance to Capitol Hill. That’s the Seattle Housing Authority’s Denny Terrace. SHA says the wrap will begin coming down today to reveal a building covered in scaffolding. It’s all part of an overhaul of the low income public housing facility’s exterior: “…when the scaffolding comes down, it will reveal a new exterior finish to the formerly beige brick building.”