A nearly five-month project to repair crumbling stone and the inner workings of Cal Anderson’s iconic sculptural fountain is complete.
Water is again flowing on “fountain mountain.”
Contractor JMS Masonry worked to strengthen the structure and apply water repellent and anti-graffiti coatings to the fountain. Seattle Parks and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture also had the trouble-prone pump system that powers the fountain repaired.
We’ve asked Seattle Parks for a final price tag on the summer overhaul and will update when we learn more. UPDATE: Parks says the fountain pump rebuild cost around $18,000 plus another $5,000 in costs for removal and installation, and a $9,500 valve replacement. Total cost of the summer’s work should come in around $35,000 — plus 200+ hours of Seattle Parks labor and work from the Office of Arts and Culture. The results on a crisp, end of summer Seattle September day? Priceless.
The fountain is a celebration of what lies beneath Cal Anderson and the creation of the neighborhood’s central park — two 6.25 million-gallon vaults full of Seattle Public Utilities drinking water. There has been a reservoir at the site for 115 years. After the state mandated that Seattle’s open water sources needed to be covered in the early 1990s, Kay Rood and community groups helped lead an effort to cap the reservoir with a park.
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