We have a glimpse of what the brand new fountain at Ann Morrison Park will look like.
An updated design shows a long, horizontal fountain with interactive jets. There are two curved benches at each end of the fountain with LED lights and waterfalls designed to wet people’s feet. The fountain will be equipped with new plumbing, pumps, electrical service, and a dedicated equipment room.
“There is an artistic component to it and it is interactive,” said Mark Daly, Director of the Harry W. Morrison Foundation. “People can be on it and around it and it’s safe. The old fountain had three or four-foot walls and kids would climb up there and slip. This is ground level.”
There will also be a 16-foot tall donor wall designed by local artist Stephanie Inman. The wall sits on a platform with wheelchair-accessible ramps and is designed to look like a portal, and also be interactive. Inman is known for her work on the suffrage quilt that appears on Boise City Hall.
“So we’re gonna have kind of a tiered giving level for different donors and the amounts will be represented by circles of different diameters rather than amounts of money,” Daly said.
Construction on the new fountain and donor portal will begin this spring and is expected to be complete by this summer.
The old fountain was shut down last year after operating since the mid-1990s.
Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway told us last summer that 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 “We have outdated equipment that we can’t even get parts for anymore so we’re retrofitting parts to just kind of keep it limping along, which is what we’ve done the last several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.”
The cost of the project is about $1 million, which is being funded by the City of Boise, the Morrison Knudsen Foundation, Harry W. Morrison Foundation, and Come Play! Campaign.