Monthly Archives: June 2014

Nall Valley Shops Fountain

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Location:  Nall Valley Shops, Nall Avenue and West 151st Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 29, 2014

In the Nall Valley Shops shopping area, next to A Wine Flights Bar & Bistro, is this fountain.  Similar to the Leawood City Hall fountain, it has a rock formation in the middle with the water coming up and out of the top of the rocks.

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Beaumont Fountain at Chateau Avalon

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Location:  Chateau Avalon, 701 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS

Found:  June 25, 2014

The Beaumont Fountain is named after its creator, Steve Beaumont, who also created the Chateau Avalon luxury hotel.  It is inspired by the Fontaine De Mers at Palace de Concorde in Paris, France.  At 29 feet tall and 48 feet in diameter, it is the largest structural fountain in the Kansas City area.  It boasts colored LED lighting at night.  The fountain is made up of mythological figures on both levels.  Water starts at the very top and cascades down.  The figures around the outside of the lower basin are mer-people and are each hold a fish that shoots a stream of water up toward the second level.  There are benches and tables surrounding the fountain and it is located in a traffic island in front on the hotel.

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Vision Fountain

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Location:  Arabia Steamboat Museum, 400 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Found:  June 23, 2014

This fountain can be found in front of the Arabia Steamboat Museum in the River Market area, north of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  The sculpture is called “The Vision” by artist Jim Brothers which features a boy sharing his vision of the future with his dog.

The fountain was not running when I took my pictures.  However, there was some loose change in the basin so that makes me think it had been running recently.  Either that, or the basin was full of rain water when the pennies were thrown in.

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Kids at Heart Fountain

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Location:  Hartley’s Plaza, 107 SE 3rd Street (about a half block east of Douglas Street), Lee’s Summit, MO

Found:  June 21, 2014

The sculpture in this fountain is Kids at Heart by Kwan Wu and it represents the first public art installation in Lee’s Summit.  The sculpture shows three children playing in the water, complete with fish and frogs.  The fountains shoot the water at the sculpture completing the scene.

The fountain sits in what is known at Hartley’s Plaza and was one of the final steps in a revitalization project of Hartley’s Block, the history of which can be read on the “newspapers” along the back wall.

The heart used to be a part of a business that was located at the corner of 3rd and Douglas.  It now resides in the plaza and represents the “heart” of downtown Lee’s Summit.

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Unity Village

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Location:  1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO

Found:  June 21, 2014

The fountains of Unity Village stretch out the length of a football field and takes up over 14,000 square feet.  There is a large fountain at the west end that have jets of water meeting together in the middle of circular formations.  The east end has a big fountain basin where water bubbles up out of the top and cascades down to the basin below.  In between are fountains and pools.  In the middle of it all is the Bridge of Faith.  There are also gardens located along the walking paths and among the pools.  There are nine other separate fountains located throughout the Unity Village campus but this fountain is the most well-known and is the centerpiece of the campus.

The Unity Village Tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located to the north.  It is surrounded by a path and a prayer garden.

If you go to the website for Unity Village you can find a streaming webcam for the fountains and various pages on the history of Unity Village, the fountains and the tower, as well as what Unity Village stands for and why it was founded.

Unity Village is just north of Lee’s Summit on the other side of I-470.

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Lee’s Summit City Hall Fountain

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Location:  Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green Street, Lee’s Summit, MO

Found:  June 21, 2014

The tour of area City Halls continues with the Lee’s Summit City Hall.  These fountains are in the middle of the sidewalk near the main entrances.  I do not know why a mat was placed next to the north fountain.  A lot of landscaping in front of the building.  You can barely see the tops of the water jets over the landscaping from the street…of course, street level is lower than the entrance level.  I took a couple of pictures through some of the landscaping.  The clock tower is on the north side of the building.

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Park Place Fountain

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Location:  Park Place, 11551 Ash Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 21, 2014

This fountain is in the middle of Park Place in Leawood.  It is an area of shops, restaurants, office space and, eventually, residential spaces, which are currently under construction.  It is in front of Barkley Square, which during the winter the turf is removed and it becomes an ice rink.

One of the more unique fountains I have seen as it consists of tall metal planters.  Some of the planters are actually planters as there is a number of plants within and around the fountain.  The remaining planters have fountains with different kinds of nozzles on them to create different water effects from planter to planter.

It was a hot, muggy first day of summer when I shot the pictures.  There were a couple of kids playing in the fountain to keep cool.

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Prairie Village City Hall Fountain

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Location:  Prairie Village City Hall, 7700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS

Found:  June 18, 2014

As you’re walking up to the courtyard between the Prairie Village City Hall and Police Department, you can see the two fountains shooting water up into the air from the parking lot.  However, you have to get into the courtyard itself to see the full extent of the fountain.  The water starts at the top, on the City Hall side, and cascades down steps into the pool in the courtyard.  The pool contains the two fountains you can see from the parking lot.

The fountain is dedicated to the memory of Bette Philips, a former city clerk and respected long-time employee of the city of Prairie Village.

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Lions Club Fountain

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Location:  Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 18, 2014

This small fountain is tucked inside these large evergreen trees behind the aquatic center in Leawood City Park.  If the flagpole wasn’t there, you would probably not even realize that there was something located in those trees.

The fountain itself consists of a single lion’s head from which water spurts out into the pool below.  The fountain is dedicated to past, present and future members of the Leawood chapter of the Lions Club.  The flagpole is located behind the fountain and predates it actually.  There is a dedication plaque at its foot.

The Leawood City Park Fountain is south of here.

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Leawood City Park Fountain

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Location:  Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 18, 2014

On the south side of Leawood City Park is a pond containing this fountain.  Leawood City Park has an aquatic center, walking & biking paths, shelters for picnics and parties and athletic fields.

The Lions Club Fountain can be found north of here on the north side of the aquatic center.

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