WESTFIELD, NJ — The main fountain in Mindowaskin Pond has a new feature  — colorful changing lights.

“This was part of last year's dredging process of the pond, at which time we were able to install a fountain with LED light capabilities,” said Westfield Public Information Officer Kim Forde.

The lights can be changed to specific colors for special occasions, such as pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and red, white and blue for the Fourth of July, according to Debby Burslem, president of the Friends of Mindowaskin Park, which gives back to the park with both volunteer work and monetary donations.

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“July Fourth was the first time we tested it, and ultimately the council will decide how and when to use it going forward for various holidays and events,” Forde said. 

“We’re so pleased,” Burslem said. “We think it’s a great way to honor different causes, as well as different holidays.”

The new lights are the latest in a series of improvements being made to Mindowaskin in honor of the park’s 100-year anniversary this June. This summer the park’s playground is getting all-new, handicap-accessible equipment, with donations and grants offsetting more than half of the $850,980 cost.

Last year, Mindowaskin Pond was dredged and restored and park pathways and lighting were fixed. Work on the pathways continues this summer, and new plantings are being added, as well.

Burslem said she hopes that a centennial celebration the afternoon of  Sept. 22 will be approved by the town council at its next meeting July 10.