Windsor reimagining historic landmark site

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The Charles Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain has been installed each summer in the Detroit River near Reaume Park and Coventry Gardens since 1978.

The Peace Fountain is the only international floating fountain in the world and can propel water 70 feet in the air and displays a light show each night from May through October.

After 43 years, however, the city says it’s time for a new signature attraction –

It’s truly been a one-of-a-kind attraction for Windsor. But 43 years is a long time for machinery, especially machinery in water, and it’s time for a new signature attraction for the city – the next Charles Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain.

“For more than four decades, the Charles Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain has attracted visitors from near and far, serving as the picturesque backdrop to countless weddings, anniversaries, first dates, graduations and many more special occasions at Coventry Gardens,” said Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac.

“We now have an opportunity to reimagine this landmark attraction for future generations to enjoy and create new memories. I encourage residents to provide feedback on the design of the proposed new Peace Fountain. Visit PeaceFountain.ca to have your say.”

A dedicated website was created for historical information and opportunities for collaboration, on the new design.

“When it opened in 1978, the Charles Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain was celebrated as a technological marvel and a symbol of peace as the first international floating fountain in the world. Its captivating light and water display has not only served as an inviting gathering place for residents but has also become a key tourist attraction with positive economic spinoffs,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens.

Charles Brooks was a community leader. His contributions and the Peace Fountain that bears his name will live on, and we’re excited to work with the community to find out how.

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