The finishing touch has been added to Hesperia Civic Park.

When the park opened in June, just in time for the city's 20th anniversary celebration, the central water fountain in the middle of the park was unfinished, with bare pipes where something was missing.

That something was 6,200 pound black granite globe, laser engraved with the continents of the world and a star marking Hesperia's location on it.

It was delivered and set up at the end of August.

"We knew we wanted some kind of water feature," said city spokeswoman Kim Summers. "The big driving force was that, whatever we put in, it had to be as water-conscious as possible. ... We kind of wanted something that was hands-on, that people could interact with."

Water flows around the globe, which spins freely when someone touches it, similar to large granite balls featured in other Southern California cities, Disneyland and Universal Studios.

"There's a weight in it, so that when it's not spinning, it actually sits at the same tilt that the Earth does," Summers said.

The ball is 48 inches in diameter, and took approximately six months to create.

The ball was purchased from WaterFountains.com in Apple Valley, and custom-made in China, and cost the city a little more than $50,000.

"We found a local person that does them, actually out of Apple Valley, so that was good," said Summers.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.