Reader Sarah poses the question: "What's going on with the fountain??" For those of you who hadn't noticed, the fountain in the DTSS area (official name "Spring Creek") has been out of commission for some time.
My original theory was that some Bethesda lawyer's kid fell down while playing in the fountain and skinned their knee and they closed it to put in some woodchips or something. However, after a little research I found this letter to "fountain enthusiasts" (???) on the Downtown Silver Spring website:
Dear Fountain Enthusiasts:Perhaps people were a little too "interactive" with it. Let's hope the re-installation has a longer life than two years.
The interactive fountain is closed due to cracks and chips in the mosaic tiles. Ceramic tiles have been ordered from Italy to replace the entire mosaic. We are hopeful that the mosaicÂs artist will begin the reinstallation in May and that the fountain will be open sometime in July. At this time we cannot provide a specific date for opening the fountain. We regret that the fountain will not be open sooner, but we believe that the changes that are being made during the reinstallation process will help to ensure that we have a safe and beautiful fountain that can be enjoyed by all for many years.
Thank you for your patience!