The Turtle Fountain Statue, a cherished piece of history in City Park, has been given a new lease on life through a recent restoration project. Dating back to 1878, this iconic sculpture has a rich history and is the sole survivor of a trio of statues donated by local businesses to beautify the park.
The restoration unveiled previously hidden intricacies, including additional animal features, delicate floral designs, and carved inscriptions, showcasing the true craftsmanship of the piece.
The water fountain feature, which had been deactivated, was meticulously repaired, and the Snapping Turtle that crowns the statue was re-carved and repositioned, restoring it to its full splendor.
According to the City of Reading, special recognition goes to Capital Projects Manager Dave Anspach III, whose efforts were instrumental in making this restoration a reality.
The Turtle Fountain Statue now proudly graces the corner of Hill Road and Perkiomen Avenue, serving as a reminder of the city’s rich heritage and the dedication of its community.