I work in the downtown George Town area and pass by Heroes Square on a daily basis. I notice that the fountain in Heroes Square is never on and I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen it on. Is there a reason this fountain isn’t run? Is it in disrepair or just a maintenance issue? It seems to be a popular cruise ship attraction, so the addition of a running fountain may be a joy to those who visit.
Also, is there a plan to install benches in Heroes Square? As it is now, there is no seating available to sit down and enjoy the area, and I often see visitors sitting on the ledge of the fountain. Surely a few benches wouldn’t cost much and would enable both tourists and downtown workers to enjoy the area.
Auntie’s answer: I am so glad you asked about the fountain. I for one would welcome seeing that up and running and agree with your assessment that tourists would like it as well. After a bit of searching, I discovered the Protocol Office was the right place to ask your questions.
Unfortunately, the water will not be flowing as soon as you might like. Here is what a representative of the office said: “We recognise Heroes Square is a popular locale and are pleased many residents and tourists enjoy the location. The fountain has been turned off because a maintenance issue makes it extremely costly to run.
“The Protocol Office has limited funds and is unable to carry out full repairs at this time but will continue to monitor the situation and hopes to have the fountain running again soon.”
As far as the benches go, several were placed around Heroes Square at its inception, but have since been relocated. The Protocol Office pointed to a sad reality, explaining that over the years vandals damaged the benches and those had to be removed. Some of the ones that remained in good condition were moved to the front of the George Town Town Hall.
The official does understand the appeal of having benches in that area, saying, “Heroes Square is envisioned to be a place of sacred reflection, which made the benches such an integral part of the original design.”
But at this point no decision has been made on once again installing benches in the square.
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