Westside Fountain


Location: Southwest Boulevard and Summit Street, Kansas City, MO

Owner: KCMO Parks & Recreation Department

Dates: Dedicated September 2001

Artist/Designer: Pete Loughlin and Jocelyn Ball

As of 2018, this fountain was permanently removed from operation due to various problems with the fountain and its equipment. It is expected to be removed at some later date.

Description:

Located in a small plaza at the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and Summit Street, the Westside Fountain is the result of major effort by Kansas City's Hispanic community.

The fountain consists of a large jet in the middle of a upper basin. The upper basin has scuppers all around it and the water flows through them down into the lower basin. The fountain is circular in shape and has two steps around it.

The Westside fountain is also one of the more unique and colourful fountains in Kansas City. Small blue tiles cover the outside of the upper basin while dark orange or tan tiles cover the top. Larger tiles make up a colourful pattern that repeats in between each set of scuppers. Five painted vertical steel beams topped with colorful elements form a semi-circle behind the fountain. Landscaping fills in the area between the beams and the fountain.

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The City of Fountains Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the historic fountains and sculptures in the Kansas City area. 

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