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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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Southcreek Business Park Fountains

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Location:  Southcreek Business Park, 7400-7450 W 130th Street, Overland Park, KS

Found:  April 19, 2016

The Southcreek Business Park is in Overland Park.  The address is for the two buildings that surround the fountains and front the pond.  The exact location in the park can be found at W 130th Street and Foster Street, west of Metcalf.

There are two identical fountains along a path between the two buildings.  Each fountain has three pillars or towers (whatever you want to call them) of different heights made out of what looks to be granite and are reddish-brown in colour.  Water comes out of the top of each pillar as well as through a ring around the edge of the basin and a jet in the very middle.  The fountain nearest the pond, in the front of the picture above, had better water pressure than the other one nearest the parking lot as the water was more steady and jetting up higher from the pillars.

The path goes down to the pond.  There are two pond fountains going out there.  I took a picture of each.  Also, near the fountain by the pond is a wood carving of a large bird, a heron perhaps, with a turtle and two frogs at its feet.  It looks like it was carved out of an old tree.

As I finished up my photo taking, I noticed the fountains being reflected in the glass of the building on the north side and was intrigued, so I took photos of the reflections.

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Erickson Water Garden

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Location:  Overland Park Arboretum, Overland Park, KS

Found:  May 19, 2015

The Erickson Water Garden in the Overland Park Arboretum.  A large pool being fed by a couple of waterfalls.  It is surrounded by plants, flowers and trees plus there is a small sculpture of a boy playing with a toy boat too.  When I visited, the back half of the water garden was cordoned off so I only got to take pictures from the far side of the pool.

The Overland Park Arboretum has a website here.  There are many different themed gardens, walking trails, a large pond, a visitor’s center and many sculptures, some of which are spread out among the gardens and another bunch are in the International Sculpture Garden.  There is a small admission, unless you go on Tuesday when it is free to enter.

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Willow Lake Fountains

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Location:   West 63rd Street and Ensley Lane, Mission Hills

Found:  April 5, 2015

AKA Eisenhower Lake.  This small lake (or large pond, depending on how you want to look at it) has two waterspouts in it.  Located a block or two west of the Mission Hills City Hall Fountain.

Originally found August 17, 2013.  I went out and took all new and more pictures, including pictures featuring the bridge at the north end of the lake.  Instead of just editing the original post, I decided to do a whole new post.

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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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7101 Tower Fountain

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Location:  7101 Tower, 7101 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS

Found:  June 18, 2014

The 7101 Tower is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Metcalf Avenue and College Boulevard.  You can’t miss the stark, dark-coloured building rising up at this location.  During the month of December, this building is notable for creating a giant holiday wreath by lighting up certain offices in green and red lights at night.  The wreath can be seen by travellers on I-435, about a block and a half north of the building.  The fountain is located in the pond in front of the building.

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Antioch Park Fountains

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Location:  Antioch Park, Merriam, KS

Found:  May 25, 2014

Antioch Park in Merriam has two small lakes in it.  In the south lake, directly accessible through the south entrance to the park, are these two fountains.  There is a walking path around the lake with bridges and benches.  This lake is a popular fishing spot, I even saw a guy reel in a fish while I was taking these pictures, and geese and turtles enjoy the lake as well.

The Helen Cuddy Memorial Rose Garden Fountain is in the north half of Antioch Park.

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Briarcliff Waterfall

 

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Location:  Briarcliff Waterfall Park, NW Platte Road and NW Valley Lane, Riverside, MO

Found:  May 10, 2014

Park of the Riverside, MO Trails and Park system, Briarcliff Waterfall Park contains the Briarcliff Waterfall.  It is blended into the existing rock face.  Water comes down the falls and runs a short distance under the pedestrian bridge and then down into the pond.  Riverside’s Platte Road hiking trail runs through the park.  A few geese and their young were enjoying the park while I was there.  Judging by the surroundings, geese frequent this park often so watch your step if you visit.

There is a subdivision at the top of the hill.  You can see some new construction at the top of the waterfall in some of the pictures.

The Riverside Play Fountain is about a half-mile to the west.

June 6, 2016 – UPDATE – As this post is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, post on my blog, I was in the neighborhood and decided to get a new set of photos.  I have added them to the post and kept the old photos up just for comparison’s sake.

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Silverbrooke Waterfall

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Location:  Silverbrooke Subdivision, NW 76th Terrace and NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 10, 2014

As you turn onto NW 76th Terrace into the Silverbrooke subdivision, you are greeted with this sight.  This is a very large waterfall feature.  There is the main waterfall in the middle with a stream/waterfall branching from the top on each side.  I went all around it and on it to capture a lot of pictures.  I wasn’t able to get too close to the bottom of the main falls due to it being soft and muddy and I didn’t really want to sink in and get mud all over my shoes.

Twenty pictures total.  Tying my record for most pictures at one fountain.  The previous record holder is the Gift of Life Fountain.

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Rose’s Pond Fountain

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Location:  Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, West 87th Street, Lenexa

Found:  April 12, 2014

Rose’s Pond is found in Sar-Ko-Trails Park and out in the pond is this small fountain.  There is a sidewalk with benches encircling the pond so one can walk around the pond and sit and take a break.  Towards the south end is an island that can be walked out to with the sculpture called “The Serpent,” which is very popular.   Signs around the pond state the requirement for a fishing license so I have to assume that people can fish here.  The Legler Barn Museum, location of the Wash Day Fountain, is to the west.

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