The Historical Society is announcing a fund raising drive to restore the 1907 Fountain of Hope located in Founders Park at Central and Surf Avenues. Originally, a four-tier fountain with cascading water, the cast-iron fountain -surrounded by flower beds- has graced the center of Founders Park for 110 years, but has not functioned with water since the 1970s.
The fountain was designed by the J.W. Fiske Iron Company of New York City, which was purchased in 2010 by the Robinson Ironworks of Alexander City, Alabama. Robinson Ironworks is an internationally-recognized cast iron and metal work company, and has several of the original molds for the Ocean Grove fountain. Ted Bell, historian of Ocean Grove, has contacted Robinson Ironworks and initiated a project timeline and budget. The fund raising drive is divided into two parts: $86,500 for complete restoration of the fountain and an estimated $20,000 for site work, including replacing the cement base. The total amount for the fund raising project is $106,500. The fountain is listed in 2017 by Preservation New Jersey as one of the state’s 10 most endangered historic places. The goal is to have the fountain returned to its former glory by the 150th anniversary of Ocean Grove, in the summer of 2019. The HSOG has established a separate fund for all donations for the fountain. Detailed information is available at the Historical Society at 50 Pitman Avenue. across from Auditorium Park. For further information on the fountain restoration, please contact Ted Bell at the Historical Society- 732-774-1869.