"Firefighters Fountain"

Location: West 31st Street & Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Owner: Kansas City, MO Parks & Recreation Dept.

Artist/Designer: Tom Corbin, sculptor and Larkin Associates, fountain design

Dates: 1991

Photo Credit: Judith Burngen

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Firefighters Fountain

This fountain is maintained by City of Fountains Foundation.


This fountain located at the south end of Penn Valley Park is a collaborative effort from many private sources to pay tribute to the men and women of the city's firefighters and memorialize those who have given their lives in the line of duty. The fountain features two bronze figures surrounded by 48 streams of water falling into an 80-foot wide basin. A bronze large than life sculpture of a firefighter with his head bowed is directly to the north of the fountain. Behind the sculpture is a curved stone wall with bronze plaques that list the name of the fallen firefighters.

Six firefighters died suddenly in an huge explosion in 1988 and the community was spurred to support the campaign to create the fountain and the memorial tribute to all firefighters.