Quakertown Alive! and the whole of Quakertown’s downtown district was dismayed this past summer when the centerpiece fountain was destroyed in an act of unintentional vandalism. The fountain was destroyed, not just the tiers, but also the inner piping.
The fountain had been purchased by Quakertown Alive! as the designated community project by the Pumpkin Ball Committee in 2015. It had become the focus point of the downtown, a place for people to sit and rest.
It was great to see how downtown businesses were ready to rally and hold fundraisers to replace the fountain. And then we received a phone call from Campnia International, the company where we had purchased the fountain. They made the extremely generous offer to completely replace the fountain, inside and out, and to do the install – AT NO COST.
Once again Quakertown has its beautiful centerpiece fountain in triangle park – and we are so very grateful.
The mural presents a panorama of Quakertown’s historical landmarks and a tribute to our first responders. With the completion of the mural, we will be working on the landscaping of Art Park.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Park trees were decorated in 2016 with twinkle lights in memory of our Shirley Errickson, a dedicated Quakertown Alive! volunteer.
In 2018, through the generosity of the Paulovitz family, the Borough Christmas Tree “grew” another 4-feet to stand 22-feet tall. This year, the downtown has more holiday lights and Christmas decorations to make the downtown sparkle, including a Christmas Tree made of red lights in front of the mural at Broad & Front Streets. And each year, more lighted snowflakes are added to Borough streets to make them merry and bright.
- Quakertown Alive! and the Borough of Quakertown celebrated the inclusion of the Quakertown Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places on April 20, 2011.
- Purchased a $6000 three-tier decorative fountain for the town center park.
- Over $2.7 million has been raised and implemented in Phase One of the continuing Streetscapes Project since 1998.
- Benches, antique-look streetlights, pavers, landscaping, seasonal planters
- Ten hanging baskets
- Green Up Initiative secured 90 trees and sponsored several cleanup efforts.
- Assisted the Quakertown Train Station historical Society to prepare a $594,000 grant application that helped fund the restoration of the Quakertown Train Station.
- Launched the annual In Town Guide community guide in 2009
- 1300 spring bulbs were sponsored by Quakertown Alive! and planted in the town center park. Residents sponsored an additional 650 bulbs.
- Grants from our Visit Bucks Tourism partners: $20,000 for signage and marketing
- DCED Façade Grants: $160,000 plus private matching investment funds: $437,313
- Historical mural, received grants and sponsorship funds of $15,000 for first project in our mural program.
- Seasonal plantings in the Borough’s 140 planters throughout the downtown.