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Plaza Wall Fountain

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Location:  Country Club Plaza, 421 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 12, 2016

This wall fountain on the Plaza is located between Nani Nalu and the entrance to the parking garage right there and across the street from Barnes & Noble.  Simple wall fountain with the water coming out of the mouth of what looks like an angel and running into the seashell-shaped basin.  I am assuming it is an angel because it looks like there are wings on either side of the face.

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Brush Creek Waterfalls

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Location:  Brush Creek at Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 12, 2016

One of several waterfalls on Brush Creek through Country Club Plaza and points east.  The particular waterfall in the pictures is the one located near Jefferson Street at the west end of the Plaza.  Walking paths on both sides of the creek lead up to and near this waterfall.  Access to other falls along the channel may vary.

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Mill Creek Park Eco-Pond

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Location:  Mill Creek Park, JC Nichols Parkway and W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 5, 2016

AKA Mill Creek Park Sanctuary

In Mill Creek Park, a decent hike north of the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain, is the Mill Creek Park Eco-Pond.  It’s across the street from St. Luke’s Hospital.  There is a variety of plants and trees in the area and there are goldfish swimming in the pond.  Why is this on a fountain blog?  There are two small waterfalls in the back of the pond.  There is an overlook east of and above the pond off the main walking path in the park.

There is a big information board in front of the pond with a big graphic that points out the different types of plants and their purpose in the eco-pond.  I had taken pictures of it but apparently I didn’t push the button completely on one and didn’t get it and the other two didn’t turn out very well.  When I get back out there, I will take new pictures and update this post with them.

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William Volker Memorial Fountain & Waterfall

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Location:  Theis Park, Volker Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 12, 2016

As part of the 2016 Fountain Day ceremony, the repaired and renovated William Volker Memorial Fountain was dedicated.  Not only is the fountain and the sculptures contained within repaired and renovated, the waterfall is now operational.

You can read my original post about the fountain here and use that post to compare and contrast the changes and renovations made to the fountain.

The waterfall had not run for many years.  It was originally designed to use water out of Brush Creek, which as many Kansas Citians know, is not the cleanest source of water.  Over the years, the silt and mud (and whatever else got sucked into the fountain) mucked up and clogged up the plumbing and filtration system faster than it could be cleaned out eventually rendering the waterfall inoperable.  But now, everything is fixed and working and it looks great.

The fountain up top also got repaired and renovated.  The basins were redone to replace cracking and leaking materials.  The bases for the sculptures were redone.  The sculptures were removed from the site and while gone were repaired and cleaned up and they made their return on April 7.  The water spouts and jets now shoot higher.

Everything looks great and as good as new now!

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2016 Fountain Day Ceremony

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Location:  Theis Park, Volker Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 12, 2016

April 12 was Fountain Day for Kansas City and all the city-maintained fountains were turned on today.  A ceremony to celebrate Fountain Day as well as to dedicate the repaired and renovated William Volker Memorial Fountain, with now-operating waterfall, was held in Theis Park across Brush Creek from the fountain and waterfall in the amphitheatre.

There was a pretty good turnout on a beautiful spring day that included local media, artists and Miss City of Fountains 2016 (I was not able to get a good shot of her, but that’s her in one of the pictures below with the sash and tiara).  Many food trucks were set up in the park to kick off the Feast of Fountains promotion this year.  A choir from St. Peter’s School kicked things off with a couple of songs.  Many thanks and acknowledgements were handed out as well as a telling of the history of the Volker Fountain and the man for which it is named.  The crowning moment of the ceremony was when Carl J. DiCapo and Miss City of Fountains pushed the plunger (referred to as the detonator by the emcee) and the Volker Fountain sprang to life followed a few seconds later by the waterfall.

Video of the turning on of fountains will be posted ASAP.

The first four pictures below are scans of the program that was handed out at the ceremony in case you were not able to make it.  Information about Feast of Fountains can be found on Page 4.

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Seville Light Fountain – Renovated

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Location:  Country Club Plaza, JC Nichols Parkway and West 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2015

My original post on this fountain can be found here.  Some information about the renovations can be found here.

The Seville Light Fountain sat on the east end of Country Club Plaza and across the street from the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain, but sat there not working.  Its plumbing and electrical systems did not work.  The sidewalk around the fountain needed to be repaired.  Over the winter, when the Nichols fountain was surrounded by a fence and tarps, the Seville Light Fountain got its own covering as it underwent repairs.

Now, the Seville Fountain not only looks great, it works!  Water comes out of the faces on each side of the fountain now!  It has been years since this fountain was operable.  You may have never seen it work.  Go see it!

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JC Nichols Memorial Fountain – Renovated

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Location:  Mill Creek Park, West 47th Street and JC Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2015

You can read my original post on this fountain here.  You can read about the renovation here.

The JC Nichols Memorial Fountain was in dire need of repairs.  This fountain is an icon of Kansas City and it has been renovated and looks fabulous!  The fourth original missing dolphin was found and put in its proper place in the fountain.  The “replacement” dolphin is now a sculpture piece sitting northeast of the fountain proper along with a placard telling the story of the missing dolphin and the renovation.

Even if you saw it in the past, it is definitely worth going back and looking at it.  I cannot emphasize enough how great it looks now.  It looks almost brand-new now!

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The Nymph

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Location:  West 69th Terrace and State Line Road, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  April 5, 2015

This sculpture by Raffaelo Romanelli was purchased and placed in 1963 and originally meant to be fountain.  However, the water features were never installed and it became just a sculptural piece.

You can see how the water features would have taken shape.  The face right underneath the nymph looks like where the water would have come out and gone down into the basin below with another face keeping an eye on the drain.

The Nymph herself sits up top.  The nude figure has definitely seen better days as it looks like the elements have not been too kind to her.  Her left arm looks to have been repaired and she is missing most of her feet.

The sculpture is located in the middle of a traffic island at West 69th Terrace on the Kansas side of State Line Road.  She is at the center of the island and is the focal point for a small park.  I took the pictures in early spring when the foliage had not yet bloomed out.  I have driven past here many times and in the summer it is very green and lush.  Perhaps I will go back in the summer and take more pictures and update this post.

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JC Nichols Renovation

This winter the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain is undergoing repairs and renovations.  Please see the articles linked below from the Kansas City Star for more information.

Statues removed from Plaza’s iconic J.C. Nichols Fountain
Photo gallery: The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain dismantled for repairs

The fountain is expected to ready for Fountain Day next April!

Westwood (MO) Fountain

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Location:  West 50th Street and Westwood Road, Kansas City, MO

Date Found:  July 4, 2014

In the Westwood area of Kansas City, Missouri, west of Country Club Plaza, and just off Ward Parkway is this fountain sitting in a triangular traffic island at the intersection of West 50th Street and Westwood Road.  The sign says Westwood Park, but the actual Westwood Park is about 3 blocks northwest of here.  Not to be confused with fountains in the cities of Westwood or Westwood Hills in Kansas, which are also in the Kansas City Metro area.

I took these pictures on July 4th and you can see that the fountain area was decorated appropriately.

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