Kansas Citians know spring is upon us when our city’s fountains come to life and are again filled with water. Fountain Day on the second Tuesday in April marks opening day for the city’s gorgeous 48 public fountains.
This year’s ceremony will be at 11am at the Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain at the entrance to Swope Park at Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway with a reception at Unity Southeast afterwards. We’re glad that Thursday’s vehicle accident that damaged a section of the wall in front of the fountain won’t keep tomorrow’s event from happening.
Crews have just finished work on $1.4 million repairs so that the fountain has more spouts and color in red, green, and blue. A new pump and electrical transformer, cleaning and site work was completed as well. The 160’ long and 60’ wide fountain pool is surrounded by landscaping, flowers, and benches. A stone canopy and memorial with sculptural bust then sits at the end of the 600-foot-long traffic circle around the fountain. The memorial and fountain completed in 1940 honor its namesake park commissioner and early proponent of the city’s park system.