"Shirley Bush Helzberg Garden of the Stars "

Location: 4600 Starlight Road , Kansas City, MO

Owner: City of Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation

Dates: 1996

Photo Credit: Judith Burngen

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Shirley Bush Helzberg Garden of the Stars

This fountain is maintained by City of Fountains Foundation.


Starlight Theatre is a neighbor to the Kansas City Zoo in Swope Park. Inside the entrance is this fountain and stream which wind along a garden and gazebo. Ten cascades run between eleven red brick columns.  The pool below has over two dozen vertical jets in descending heights as it fades from view. The columns stand 20 feet tall and entire fountain in 180 ft. in length. Owner of Helzberg's Jewelers, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg, donated $1 million toward creating the site. Shirley Bush Helzberg served as the president of the Starlight Theatre Association from 1991 to 1994.