If you noticed the water fountain at Ann Morrison Park isn’t running, that’s because it will soon be demolished, with a more engaging water feature taking its place.
The fountain has been spouting water at one of Boise’s oldest and largest parks since the mid-1990s. But in the past several years, Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway says some major repair issues have come up.
“We have some ongoing leaking into the vault below the fountain, we have some foundation cracks that are leaking,” Holloway said. “We have outdated equipment that we can’t even get parts for anymore so we’re retrofitting parts to just kind of keep it limping along, which is what we’ve done the last several years.”
Part of park update
In 2016, Boise Parks and Rec. went through a master planning process to update and refresh the entire park. Boise residents submitted more than 3,000 comments regarding what improvements and additions they would like to see in Ann Morrison Park.
Two items that garnered the most responses were adding an off-leash dog park, which the city competed in 2019 and named Treasure Valley Dog Island, and redoing the fountain to make it more interactive.
Holloway says plans for the new fountain entail a state-of-the-art large splash pad and a new fountain.
“It’ll be very similar in structure to the Boise Center on the Grove from the standpoint that it can be programmed to be lit, it can be set at certain times a day, different types of water features can spill out of the nozzles,” Holloway said. “So, it will be something that people will be able to come to the park and spend a great deal of time in the park.”
The new water feature will cost about $1 million, which has already been secured. The Harry W. Morrison Foundation donated $100,000 toward the project through its Come Play! Campaign and Boise’s Major Repair and Maintenance Budget covered the remainder of the cost.
Boise Parks and Rec. is in the process of getting bids for the project and construction will likely start in the beginning of next month. The fountain and splash pad is slated to be completed by this fall.