Fountains of Kansas City
March 22, 2013
The other day, a friend of mine, who moved here last year from another state, asked me when the plaza fountains come on in the spring. I always assumed that they were just turned on when the weather was appropriate for it. However, being a library clerk, I just had to research the matter! After finding several different answers online, I remembered a device I used to use called a telephone. According to the nice lady I spoke to at the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department, Fountain Day (the day on which the fountains are turned back on) is currently the second Tuesday in April.
This started me thinking about certain dates and their relationship to the fountains. Most of you have probably seen the water running with different colors in Kansas City. As those of you who are dedicated Royals fans may already know, on the day of the Royals Home Opener, many area fountains run blue. In October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), many fountains in Kansas City, Overland Park, and the Northland run pink.
Speaking of dates, some of you may not know that the first fountains in Kansas City were built in the late 1800s for the sole function of watering horses and were built by the Humane Society. My favorite fountain, the JC Nichols Fountain at W. 47th St. between J.C. Nichols Parkway and Main, was built in Paris in 1910 and wasn’t actually placed in its current location until 1960. To find out more of the history of fountains in Kansas City, check out the book Fountains of Kansas City by Sherry Piland. A bit of knowledge about area fountains may help you appreciate them even more!