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Memorial Fountain

Posted by stephanie rogers on October 12, 2021 in News
Memorial fountain in the Alumni Gardens
Memorial fountain in the Alumni Gardens

Being near water can provide benefits for the mind and body including lowered stress and anxiety levels and an overall sense of well being.

Such was the thinking behind a new water installation on the Agricultural Campus this past spring.

“Many of our employees were touched by the tragic events that unfolded across northern Nova Scotia in April of 2020,” said Dean David Gray.  “It has been a difficult 18 months which was compounded by isolation created by a global pandemic,” he added.

The Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture along with Dalhousie University in Halifax wanted to help in some small way. A water fountain was added to the John Higgins Memorial Garden in memory of those impacted by this tragedy.

The fountain is made of jet-black granite from Heritage Monuments in Windsor.  It is a 30” x 24” rough cylinder with a polished top.  A hole through the centre allows for the water flow.  A memorial plaque at the fountain reads:

In memory of the victims of the April 2020 tragedy and their families. Nova Scotia strong

It is hoped the fountain provides a peaceful spot for community members to take a moment of quiet reflection.

The fountain can be found in the centre of the Higgins patio area in Alumni Gardens.