Heritage Park Fountain closed again

OlympianSeptember 9, 2013 

Drew Carlson, 5, of Olympia plays in the dancing waters of the Heritage Park fountain in downtown Olympia. (TONY OVERMAN/Staff photographer)

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Olympia’s Heritage Park Fountain is closed for repairs again, for the third time since May 2012.

The popular fountain, at 330 Fifth Ave. SW, was shut off Thursday after a leak was discovered in its sand filter, said Jonathon Turlove, Interim Parks Program & Planning Supervisor.

Parts are ordered, but aren’t expected until Tuesday. Then work will begin, Turlove said. He didn’t immediately know the cost of the repair.

Turlove said the fountain could open as soon as Tuesday, but didn’t want to make any promises.

“We’re hopeful that we can get this thing up and running pretty soon,” he said.

The fountain shut down for about a week in July when the fountain’s air compressor, which shoots jets of water into the air, failed. The repair cost was about $1,500, Turlove said at the time.

And the fountain was also down for more than a month last year due to cracks in the fountain’s concrete moat, a repair estimated to cost up to $25,000.

Turlove said the city has hired a consultant to consider a broader overhaul of the fountain, which dates to 1996 and was paid for largely through a memorial gift from the family of Virginia Satterberg Helsell.

“Because I think it is starting to reach the end of its design life, as we say,” he said. “It gets a lot of use, of course.”


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