Monthly Archives: June 2016

Roe Highlands Fountain

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Location:  4970 Roe Avenue, Roeland Park, KS

Found:  June 24, 2016

Roe Highlands is an addition in Roeland Park that features both residential and commercial properties.  The commercial property is a shopping center that features a Lowe’s and Price Chopper among others.

This fountain sits next to the US Bank in the shopping center.  It has a square stone-covered basin with eight pillars of varying heights within it.  The pillars look like they are made of concrete.  There are eight to ten water jets at the bottom of the basin that shoot to the same height, although a couple of them weren’t working quite right the day I took the pictures.

There is a sidewalk running next to the property and a couple of benches on the north side of the fountain (opposite the bank) for sitting and watching the fountain and the world go by.

To get to this fountain, you will pass the Roe Highlands Entrance Fountains.

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Roe Highlands Entrance Fountains

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Location:  Roe Avenue and Access Road, Roeland Park, KS

Found:  June 24, 2016

Roe Highlands is an addition in Roeland Park that features both residential and commercial properties.  The commercial property is a shopping center that features a Lowe’s and Price Chopper among others.

These twin fountains with differently-shaped basins flank the entrance to the shopping center.  The one of the south side is built into the hill at the base of the Cricket Wireless store.  The one on the north side is free standing and features a hexagonal basin.  Both fountains are stone-covered and fairly tall.  Eight feet maybe.  Each has three fountains at the top and then the water flows over the edge and falls down to the basin below.  The stones are rough and uneven and creates different effects and splash-patterns as the water falls over them.

There is another separate fountain, the Roe Highlands Fountain, sitting next to the US Bank in the shopping center.

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Ridgeview Falls

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Location:  W 119th Street and Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS

Found:  June 12, 2016

The Ridgeview Falls addition is a collection of businesses and restaurants at the corner of 119th and Ridgeview.  This waterfall looms above what would be an otherwise boring drainage basin.  There is a large pergola-like structure next to the CoreFirst Bank at the top of the waterfall and just off the parking lot.

If you decide to visit, note that the drainage basin has a fence almost all the way around it to keep people from falling off the top of the retaining wall.  It is open at the intersection though.  Also, since it is a drainage basin, it could be wet and muddy.  So, watch your step if you go walking out into it.

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Pratt Memorial Fountain – Renovated

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Location:  Dagg Park, Armour Road and Howell Street, North Kansas City

Found:  June 6, 2016

In the south part of Dagg Park fronting Armour Street sits this fountain.  It is a memorial to both Emma and Dorothy Pratt, both of whom were important community leaders in North Kansas City, MO.  Dagg Park is across the street from the North Kansas City city building and police department.

As you can see by comparing to my old Pratt Memorial Fountain post, Dagg Park has undergone a major renovation.  The park’s grand re-opening was on May 28, 2016.  There used to be a small swimming pool in the park.  It has been replaced with a playground and a couple of splash pad areas.  The new splash pads have been quite popular so far.  The park was packed both times I’ve visited since the grand re-opening.

The fountain area has also undergone a major facelift.  The trees and landscaping are gone.  In its place is a concrete walkway around the fountain, benches for sitting and a pergola.  The fountain has been cleaned up and repainted.  A grate has been installed in the fountain basin.  I was told this was put in place to keep people from falling in.  Apparently, this was either a problem or a concern that needed to be addressed.  In my opinion, the grate does not look good.  Either way, it is nice to see a fountain get renovated and taken care of when it needs to be.

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Waterfall Park – Independence

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Location:  Waterfall Park, 4501 S Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO

Found:  June 5, 2016

Waterfall Park sits back behind Bass Pro Shop near the junction of Interstate 70 and Interstate 470.  There is a small lake and Waterfall Park sits on the west edge of the lake off a traffic circle where Bass Pro Drive meets Bluff Drive.

If you are going to visit here, put your walking shoes on as you will need them to get the full views of the waterfalls here.  You will either need to park at Waterfall Park, off the previously mentioned traffic circle or at Bass Pro Shop.  To see the close-up views of the waterfalls, you will need to walk along Bluff Drive.  The left/north lane of Bluff Drive off the traffic circle is for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, the right/south lane is a one-way lane for vehicular traffic.

Roughly a quarter-mile east along Bluff Drive from the park parking lot, you will encounter the first waterfall on the south side of the road.  It is built into the side of the hill there and very steep and tall.  The water flows through a sort of drain and flows under the road and comes out the other side where it cascades down further into the lake.  Please be mindful that there is a lane of vehicular traffic when you cross the road to get a closer look.  There is a permanent decorative fence on both sides of the road to keep everyone safe from the falls.

From the first waterfall, continue east around the bend and you will see a light pole and what looks like a gap in the stone wall.  The is where the second waterfall is located.  The water is rolling down the hill in this location.  It’s not very steep but there is a lot of trees and plants that obscure the view here and there.  It all falls down into a hole a couple or three feet deep and, like the tall waterfall, flows under the road and comes out the other side.  Unlike the other waterfall, there are no fences or barriers around this hole so be careful walking around it.

To get the full-on views of the waterfalls, you will have to hike around to Bass Pro Shop and follow the path along the north side of the lake.  When you get to the apartment building next to Bass Pro, you will be able to see the full first waterfall and it is spectacular.  Unfortunately, the second waterfall is hard to find and see from the opposite side of the lake.

I am not sure what the policy is on getting on the lake or walking in the “woods” behind the barriers along Bluff Drive, but those would be the only ways to get a better look at the falls.  The areas around the waterfalls are grown over with trees and undergrowth, plus you’d have to jump barriers to get there.  That may not be a safe course of action as I’m sure the wet rocks are slick and you may not be able to see where you’re stepping and what you’re stepping on.

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Hilton Garden Inn Fountain

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Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 E Jackson Drive, Independence, MO

Found:  June 5, 2016

This neat fountain is in front of the Hilton Garden Inn on Jackson Drive in Independence.  It is east of the Independence Center mall and not far from I-70 sitting among restaurants, the Hereford House shares the same parking lot, and shops.

There is a big basin with flowers and plants in it.  The water flows out of the basin through five gaps and cascades into the irregularly shaped pool below.

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