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BREAKING: The Washington Square Park Fountain is ON

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OK, so pretty much nobody believed it when we reported the first section of the renovated and revamped Washington Square Park would open in mid May?hell, we're not sure we believed it, and we wrote the damn thing. But while an opening is still unsure, today?right now?the famed Washington Square Park Tisch Fountain has sprung to life in its newly realigned home. A test run? The fences first went up around the fountain in December 2007, and though access is still denied (unless you just walk through the open part of the fence and act natural; see after the jump), at least this controversial chapter in the park's history is nearing an end.

· Washington Square Park renovation coverage [Curbed]