Fountain Day is back on in the City of Fountains

Fountain Day is back on in the City of Fountains
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Kansas City, Missouri, is known as the City of Fountains, and today is meant to celebrate that history.However, today’s Fountain Day will look a little different. The holiday is uniquely Kansas City, and it’s one that signifies that spring is finally here at last.Fountain Day was officially be celebrated at the Delbert J. Haff circle fountain at the entrance of Swope Park.But Tuesday’s celebration was muted.While there was no Fountain Day celebration due to the pandemic in 2020, the 2021 affair will be much smaller than in years past. Right now the Kansas City Parks department budget only has enough funding to operate seven of the city’s 48 fountains through the summer.The department has requested $6 million from the city’s share of the American Rescue Plan, which was the federal COVID-19 relief bill that was passed earlier this year.The department hopes to use that money to restore several community services like aquatics operations and fountains. The city manager has recommended that request to the city council, but it has not yet been approved. While not all of the fountains will turn on Tuesday, among the seven that were chosen are some of the city’s most iconic fountains, including the fountain at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza, the Seahorse Fountains at City Hill, and the Firefighter’s Memorial Fountain near 31st and Broadway.

Kansas City, Missouri, is known as the City of Fountains, and today is meant to celebrate that history.

However, today’s Fountain Day will look a little different.

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The holiday is uniquely Kansas City, and it’s one that signifies that spring is finally here at last.

Fountain Day was officially be celebrated at the Delbert J. Haff circle fountain at the entrance of Swope Park.

But Tuesday’s celebration was muted.

While there was no Fountain Day celebration due to the pandemic in 2020, the 2021 affair will be much smaller than in years past. Right now the Kansas City Parks department budget only has enough funding to operate seven of the city’s 48 fountains through the summer.

The department has requested $6 million from the city’s share of the American Rescue Plan, which was the federal COVID-19 relief bill that was passed earlier this year.

The department hopes to use that money to restore several community services like aquatics operations and fountains.

The city manager has recommended that request to the city council, but it has not yet been approved.

While not all of the fountains will turn on Tuesday, among the seven that were chosen are some of the city’s most iconic fountains, including the fountain at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza, the Seahorse Fountains at City Hill, and the Firefighter’s Memorial Fountain near 31st and Broadway.

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