Bob Brady won’t be around for the dedication of the fountain and waterfall named in honor of him and his wife, Nancy – but his presence will be felt at the park where he did so much work for the Lake Granbury Area Beautification Council.
Bob, an artist, died in May of 2011.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on the fountain and waterfall in preparation for a dedication ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The water feature is located at the north part of Shanley Park, by Rucker and Houston Street/Highway 51 North.
The Beautification Council paid for the fountain with funds raised through its annual Jewel Ball.
Pam Padget, a member of the Beautification Council’s board of directors, said that Bob and Nancy started their work at Shanley Park “when that was just a mess up there.” The couple, she said, were involved in beautification efforts in Granbury for decades.
Bob, she said, would move Christmas decorations and was basically “a one-man show.”
Nancy said that her husband designed the first fountain that was at the site where the new one is being built, but somehow – she can’t remember how – it was destroyed. The fountain circulated water, which kept it from being green and stagnant, she said. The new one will circulate water, as well.
A second fountain was built to replace the original one, but it was destroyed by a falling tree, said Nancy and Padget.
The new fountain, which is by the hike and bike trail, will be connected to the nearby Jewel Ball fountain by a rock pathway, Padget said. She stated that it will enhance the appeal of the park for those planning weddings and reunions.
Padget said that crews plan to start running water through the fountain today, and the rock pathway will go in on Friday.
Nancy, who has worked for attorney Richard Hattox since 1986, said that her late husband enjoyed doing community projects and also loved entertaining children as a Shriner clown.
“He was a multi-faceted person,” she said.
Bob was 85 when he died. Nancy continues to serve on the board of the Beautification Council.
This year’s Jewel Ball will be Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Granbury Resort Conference Center. The theme will be “Winter Wonderland,” according to Padget.
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