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Central Park Waterfall

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Location:  Central Park, NE 70th Street and N Holmes Street, Gladstone, MO

Found:  July 23, 2016

Across the street from the Gladstone City Hall is Central Park.  At the entrance to Central Park and the Gladstone Community Center is this waterfall.  The top and bottom of the waterfall are both landscaped with plants, stones and rock.

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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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Kearney Fountain

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Location:  Kearney Historic Museum, 101 S Jefferson, Kearney, MO

Found:  May 7, 2016

Located in downtown Kearney outside the Kearney Historic Museum and across the street from Kearney City Hall.  Water bubbles up out of the middle of a sculpted stone and flow down into the a stone topped basin in the middle of a circular stone wall.  Shrubs have been planted between the wall and the basin.  I do not know if there was a particular reason the water was dyed blue.

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Sea Horse Fountain at Kansas City (MO) City Hall

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Location:  Kansas City (MO) City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

On the south side of the City Hall building in downtown Kansas City is this double fountain known as the Sea Horse Fountain (not to be confused with the Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain).  The water starts at the north end from the mouth of the sea horse into the first pool.  The water then flows down to the rest of the pools.  Each of the remaining pools has a fish head in a seashell that also jets out water into its pool.  The two fountains are identical.

This fountain is in need of repair and currently does not run everyday and definitely not on the weekends.  This was only the second time I have seen it running and the first where I was able to find a parking spot a reasonable distance away to get pictures.  Speaking of parking, remember this is in downtown Kansas City, parking can be tough to find, especially if you go on a weekday.

City Hall is located across the street northwest of the Richard Bolling Federal Building and north of the Jackson County Circuit Courthouse.

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Richard Bolling Federal Building Fountain

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Location:  Richard Bolling Federal Building, 601 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

Tucked away in the back of the park in front of the Richard Bolling Federal Building is this fountain.  You hear the fountain before you see it, unless you already know where it is.  Jets are arranged in a semi-circle at the front of the fountain and shoots water to the back of the fountain and the water them flows off the ledge in the back to the pool below.

The Bolling Building is located southeast across the street from the City Hall Building of Kansas City, Missouri and east of the Jackson County Circuit Courthouse.  If you go hunting for this one, remember you are downtown and parking can be a bit of challenge, especially if you go on a weekday.

Not sure why the water was blue. Perhaps the people in charge of building and grounds at the Bolling Building are big Royals fans.

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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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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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Downtown Fountain

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Location:  Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS

Found:  May 25, 2014

This fountain sits in front of the Shawnee City Hall in downtown Shawnee.

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Civic Center Park Fountain

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Location:  East Santa Fe Street and Chestnut Street, Olathe, KS

Found:  May 3, 2014

In 2013, the city of Olathe began construction to turn downtown properties into park space.  This lot is across the street to the southeast of Olathe City Hall and R.R. Osborne Plaza.  This park was formally opened and dedicated on April 25, 2014.  It is across the street from the Civic Center Park Reflecting Pool.

At this time, I do not know if the fountain has a specific name.  After some research, this park and the one across the street are apparently referred to as Civic Center Park with perhaps directional modifers, North and South on them (this one would be the south park if that is so).

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Civic Center Park Reflecting Pool

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Location:  East Santa Fe Street and Chestnut Street, Olathe, KS

Found:  May 3, 2014

In 2013, the city of Olathe began construction to turn downtown properties into park space.  This lot is across the street to the east of Olathe City Hall and R.R. Osborne Plaza.  There is a small fountain set in amongst limestone blocks and water gently flows from the top pool down to the lower pool.  Along the sidewalks on the north side of the pool are plaques commemorating each of the six Olathe residents who went on to become the Governor of Kansas.  This park was formally opened and dedicated on April 25, 2014.  It is across the street from the Civic Center Park Fountain.

At this time, I do not know if the fountain has a specific name.  After some research, this park and the one across the street are apparently referred to as Civic Center Park with perhaps directional modifers, North and South on them (this one would be the north park if that is so).

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