RACINE, Wis., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Activity around one of Racine's cool-down spots is heating up. The memorial fountain, dedicated to the memory of Capt. Laurel Salton Clark, the Racine-native astronaut who lost her life in the space shuttle Columbia disaster, will receive much-needed renovations that will bring it up to code and make it a safe, fun place for children to play and cool down in the summer months.
Built in 2002, the fountain was intended to be a capstone visual attraction at the end of the Sam Johnson Parkway in downtown Racine. Since then however, visitors to the memorial have used it as a splash pad, using the water to play and cool off in hot weather. Because the fountain wasn't designed for human interaction, its current condition does not meet state codes for water treatment and safety when used as a splash pad. Partnering with the city of Racine, SC Johnson will help to fund renovation plans that will make the fountain compliant and reduce annual maintenance costs for the city.
"The residents of Racine – and children in particular – love this fountain," said SC Johnson Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson. "It's a beautiful, inspiring place for families to gather on a hot summer day so we would like to make sure the fountain is functioning properly and the water is safe.
The renovations will take part in phases to allow the community as much access to the fountain during the summer months as possible.
"The city is fortunate to have a great community partner like S C Johnson step forward to make this generous donation," said Mayor John Dickert. "Funding for the renovation and operation of the fountain would not be possible without their support."
The fountain will likely be turned off at the end of summer 2010 to begin renovation on the second phase, which includes updating the piping system to withstand the water treatments. Currently, the piping is not designed for chlorinated water, which corrodes the underground piping system. Piping and draining renovations are expected to be completed before the summer 2011 season. The renovation plan will include work that reduces ongoing maintenance costs.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, ECHO®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, and MR. MUSCLE®. The 124-year-old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
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