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Public dedication ceremony planned Saturday evening, Oct. 7 in Heritage Park

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A crane carries a 20-foot sculpture from a truck bed to the newly installed Columbia County Rotary Children's Fountain at Heritage Park in Scappoose Monday, Oct. 2. The sculpture completes the fountain, which has been a nearly decade-long project. On Monday morning, as a crane hoisted up a 20-foot vertical tree-shaped sculpture into the air over Scappoose's Heritage Park, a project nine years in the making finally came to fruition.

A fountain and musical element was transported to the park Monday, completing the last of the structural elements of the Columbia County Rotary Children's Fountain recently added to the park that neighbors City Hall.

A handful of helpers, each gingerly holding a portion of the sculpture and wedging soft foam around its edges as straps were affixed to each side, were on site during Monday's big move.

Heritage Park has seen a number of improvements over the past year, but the Rotary fountain, designed by world-renowned artist Michael Curry, has been the most significant and long-awaited addition.

As a bronze tree floated through the air, Michael Curry Design employees, city employees and Rotary Club members watched in awe as the centerpiece was positioned within a Rotary cog design.

The addition of the sculpture completes the fountain, which contains water jets that spray mist, as well as a musical element and lights, each activated with the touch of a button. The project was conceived and partially paid for by the Rotary Club of Columbia County.

"This is the first piece of public artwork Michael Curry has done," Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge noted later that evening during a Scappoose City Council meeting. "We're getting a piece of art designed by a world-class artist."

Curry's portfolio of work includes designs commissioned by the Olympics, Cirque de Soleil, Disney and NFL Superbowl halftime shows for the likes of Madonna and Katy Perry.

City Councilor Mark Reed commended the fountain project as a tangible park improvement people could appreciate.

"We're gonna open something up this weekend that they can see, they can particiapte in, they can touch, and something we've worked a heck of a long time to make happen," Reed said. "It's just kind of pulling together everything we've worked for in this area for a long time."

This Saturday evening, Oct. 7, the Rotary fountain will be officially dedicated and unveiled to the public for the first time starting at 6 p.m. in Heritage Park. The park will remain open until 10 p.m.

Fountain dedication

A dedication ceremony for the new Columbia County Rotary Children's Fountain will take place this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Heritage Park, next to Scappoose City Hall on Southeast 2nd Street. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Michael Curry, the world-renowned puppeteer and artist whose Scappoose-based studio, Michael Curry Design, designed the fountain. Complimentary refreshments will be served by Bamford Bakeshop.

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