The Ann Morrison Park fountain renovation project is an exciting update to one of the premier features in this beloved Boise park. The aging raised fountain was removed and replaced with a ground level water tunnel that is interactive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. It’s a high-tech marvel with over 10 miles of electrical wiring routed through more than 240 conduits for operation!
The main water tunnel is 70 feet long and includes multiple water jets and customizable colored LED lights with an infinite number of configurations and combinations. The 69 active jets range from sprays of five feet to almost 12 feet tall depending on the show pattern, and allow users to splash inside, through and around them. With the press of button, the water jets run through a half-dozen pre-designated water show sequences for users to enjoy. There are a variety of arches, sprays and splashing designs. Curved benches at each end include 14 interactive waterfall features to wet people’s feet.
The curved seat walls and waterfalls or water weirs, also include colored LED lights that will light up the park at dusk. Water spills from the top of the bench and under the seat cap for a cooling effect. The walls include brick and concrete caps that are similar to the brick and caps on the raised planters around the Ann Morrison memorial area.
The fountain design includes a state-of-the-art filtration and sanitization system that treats 7,000 gallons of water to maintain safe levels for recreation. There is a two-phase and filtration system and UV sanitization capable of pumping 220 gallons per minute. Everything is controlled and monitored by an automated system so maintenance team members can make adjustments at a moment’s notice if any changes are detected in the balance of water.
Meanwhile, the surfacing around the new fountain has been updated for safety and accessibility as well. The rubberized surfacing material is durable and easily used by park visitors, including those with mobility devices.
The overall budget for the new interactive fountain and benches is $1.975 million. The funding is a combination of city dollars and a $325,000 donation from the Harry W. Morrison Foundation and a $100,000 donation from the Morrison Knudsen Foundation.
Following opening day, the fountain will be turned on during park hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is operable from sunrise to sunset when the park is open to visitors.