CIP 3522 - Library Fountain Improvement Project

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City Park Fountain on a bright sunny day with people around and running through the water.

Library Fountain Improvement Project

Project Description

The City Park Fountain renovation is on its way! The Fountain is a popular destination during the summertime; however, the frequency of required shutdowns for maintenance is frustrating for both the public, who want to use the facility, and city staff, who must spend excessive hours working on the facility. Additionally, the in-ground vault that houses the mechanical equipment requires additional staffing due to confined space access requirements.

The renovations planned will reduce the amount of staff time necessary to perform maintenance and repairs, reduce the amount of shutdowns which interfere with public use, and save money in the long run by moving operations to an above-ground pump house. In addition to these structural upgrades, the city will be adding programmable fountain jets, lights, and sound to the fountain to further enhance public enjoyment and add new dimension to city events which take place in and around City Park. To make way for the new pump house, the swing set will be moved closer to the play structure.

Construction is tentatively set to start in January 2021. A Summer 2021 reveal is planned.

Virtual Open House

Join us for a live presentation with project staff to discuss the fountain improvement project and the new features being added. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Please note: Event will be via ZoomGov webinar and all attendees will be muted/video off. Questions can be asked through the Q&A function. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the webpage after the event for replay.

Presentation Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Presentation Time: 6 - 7 pm

Watch online:

Call in: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666
Webinar ID: 160 233 2374
Webinar Password: 368248

Instructions on how to use interpretation function through Zoom

For Windows and macOS

  1. In your meeting/webinar controls, click Interpretation.
  2. Click the language that you would like to hear. (English and Spanish)
  3. (Optional) To only hear the interpreted language, click Mute Original Audio.

For Android and iOS

  1. In your meeting controls, tap ... More.
  2. Tap Language Interpretation.
  3. Tap the language you would like to hear.
  4. (Optional) Tap the toggle to Mute Original Audio.
  5. Click Done.

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Project Contacts

Aaron Lee
Project Manager


For general inquires:
Stacy Revay
Associate Transportation Planner

Phone: 503-350-3645

Project Background

The Fountain, originally designed by Walker Macy & Hacker Architects, was installed in 1999. In its current condition the Fountain requires extensive repair and maintenance due to its aging infrastructure and many of the spray heads and connecting plumbing have corroded to the point of failure. The in-ground vault is not waterproof, requires more manpower to access than an above-ground structure, and has also experienced the need for a higher level of maintenance over the past four years.

The cost of the Fountain upgrades and renovations is estimated to be between $2.5 and $2.7 million. In June of this year the City was able to secure a $90 million bond in which $2.5 million was allocated for the Fountain project.

Two workers tending to the above ground controls of the fountain.

Key Project Milestones

  • Design / Permitting: Summer 2020 – Fall 2020
  • Virtual Open House: November 2020
  • Anticipated Construction in January 2021 thru Early Summer 2021

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