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Construction underway on Arts Plaza Childrens Fountain

Splash pads should be complete by Fourth of July


by: CONTRIBUTED DRAWING: THE CITY OF GRESHAM - This is an artists rendering of the new Childrens Fountain at the Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza between Second and Third streets and Hood and Kelly avenues in downtown Gresham. The fountain is expected to open in time for the Fourth of July.Construction has begun on the new Children’s Fountain at the Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza and should be complete by July.

According to the city of Gresham’s website, the fountain has always been a planned element of the plaza and will serve as “a people-attracting amenity to boost economic support in Gresham.”

The plaza is located between Second and Third streets and Hood and Kelly avenues in downtown Gresham.

It should be fun for the kids, too, with two “interactive splash pad” fountains to have fun in this summer. One of the splash pads, designed for older children, will be 40 feet in diameter with 20 programmable fountain water jets that surround a large center jet. The jets come on and off individually, creating a water play ground, said project manager Jason Branstetter.

“There’s no pool, and once the water hits the ground it drains off,” he said.

A second splash pad, designed for younger children, is about 20 feet across with 10 jets that shoot water up with less intensity, he said. Alongside the splash pads will be two shaded seating structures, he added.

The cost of the fountain is $1.5 million, but none of the cost is paid by taxpayers. Funding for the fountain came from a federal grant that can be used only for public improvements, Branstetter said, and cannot be used for police and fire activities.

Construction started last week, Branstetter said, and at this point involves trenching and installing plumbing.

“We will be done by July and realistically we should have test operations in early June so we can truly be complete and ready for a grand opening on the Fourth of July,” he said.



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