New addition to Hamilton park starts flowing

A new fountain at Hamilton’s year-old Marcum Park just north of downtown on along the Great Miami River is expected to come to life today.

The fountain is part of the overall gift of the park that was provided by Joe and Sarah Marcum. The park was dedicated one year ago this week.

“It’s supposed to be live (May 12), for the Hamilton Flea,” said Brandon Saurber, one of the city employees who has overseen creation of the park, which includes the RiversEdge amphitheater, which hosts summer concerts and which city officials view as Hamilton’s new front yard.

“From the start of the conceptual plans of the park, there was always an idea that there would be some vertical element there,” Saurber said. “The park in and of itself, especially because it was bear — we started from scratch from a tree standpoint — that once the trees de-leaf, there’s still some vertical element in the center of the park.”

Another sculpture of bronze figures, called Park Place, which had earlier been donated by the Marcums, was moved from the west side of the Great Miami River into the park.

Those figures can be seen through the heart shape within the sculpture when it is viewed from Buckeye and 2nd streets.

Steve Marcum, son of Joe and Sarah, sketched out his vision for the fountain during a meeting, and Stewart Iron Works in Northern Kentucky created the sculpture, which will pour water in a curtain within the heart shape.

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