Lions pull offer to place drinking fountain in Benson’s Roosevelt Park

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

There will be no bright yellowish lion drinking fountain on the southwest corner of the Roosevelt Park in Benson.

Monday night the Benson City Council sided with its park board’s recommendation that the drinking fountain be placed in the middle of the park. Its recommendation was based on concerns about snow removal if it was installed at the corner site.

Lions President Mick Boone told the council that the club wasn’t interested in investing $4,000 in purchasing and installing the lion drinking fountain if it was not placed in a very visible, high traffic area.

The Lions feel that there will be little recognition of the organization if the drinking fountain was placed in the middle of Roosevelt Park. He told the council that the drinking fountain would actually take up less space than the fountain currently in place at the corner. He said it would not be an impediment to snow removal.

Council Member Jack Evenson, who serves on the park board, said it was the board’s recommendation that the fountain go at the crossing of where the sidewalks come together in the middle of the park. Mayor Terri Collins said she agreed with the park board’s recommendation.

With the council against locating it at the southwest corner of the park, Boone said there was no need for the council to act on putting it somewhere else since the organization would  not be doing the project. He then left the meeting.

The large fiberglass lion drinking fountain is mostly yellow and orange, and stands 5 feet tall, 4 feet deep and 3 feet wide.

 The Benson Lions Club had told the council that it would take care of all the costs with the purchase and maintenance, if the city would hook it up.

The current water fountain at the southwest corner of the park could be removed and replaced by the Lion water fountain allowing the use of the same water piping.

There are lion fountains in Glenwood, Montevideo, Bird Island, Willmar, Lakeville, Coon Rapids, Cross Lake, Brainerd and Redwood Falls. They can be found all over the U.S. and Canada. In recent years, more than 150 have been produced with none being returned. The Bird Island fountain has been in place more than 30 years and is reported to still be in good condition...


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