The Concourse Fountain


Firefighters Memorial Fountain, Photo by: Bradley Cramer

Location: The Concourse, St. John Avenue and Benton Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Owner: KCMO Parks & Recreation Department

Dates: Installed 2002

Artist/Designer: David Swartz, Water's Edge Aquatic Design

Description:

This fountain was designed in 2001 by David Swartz of Water's Edge Aquatic Design and was installed and first turned on in 2002. It includes several water jets with adjustable spray heights. During the summer, it is used by kids as a splash pad to beat the heat. Due to a special design that can keep water flowing in freezing temperatures, it is one of three city fountains (the others are the Northland Fountain and the Delbert Haff Circle Fountain) that runs year-round.

The original water feature at this location was a shallow pool built in 1939, known as the Northeast Concourse Casting Pool, that was used to sail small boats and as a casting pool. In the 1940's, it was popular among fishermen who could practice their art of casting. A few small sprays of water were added to the pool in the 1980s, giving it a whole new identity.

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