The City Hall Fountain is back in the game.
From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 6, families and those young at heart can enjoy the water play feature on City Hall Plaza.
“A year round gathering place, the fountain enhances the vibrancy of the City Hall Plaza, and brings vitality to the Downtown core,” said Kim Simkin, Acting Civic Precinct Supervisor at the City of Edmonton.”
City Hall Plaza and the adjacent Sir Winston Churchill Square have always been a busy place. Typically, more than 1 million people show up to enjoy street vendors, public art and an assortment of festivals every year. The fountain has been part of that fun since day one, when the new City Hall opened in 1992.
But even favourite playgrounds need care and attention.
In 2018, work to resurface City Hall Plaza and the fountain area got underway. Alberta Health Services had introduced new rules. The Alberta Building Code had new requirements. The basin itself was also in trouble. Large pieces of concrete were breaking. One corner was sinking.
Last summer, after COVID hit, the jets stayed closed.
The mechanical room received a total upgrade. There are new pumps, sand filters, strainers, piping and chemical treatment systems. The pumps now have variable frequency drives for precise pump speed control. That means water is filtered more efficiently with as little energy as possible.
It all adds up to a safe, walkable, barrier-free space bordered by a canopy of trees—a renewed community gathering place to enjoy even after the taps turn off in September.
Take a look:
The work isn’t done. More touch ups and repairs are coming around City Hall and the Gardens around Churchill Square and City Hall Plaza. Phase 2 construction is to be completed in Spring 2022. The crews, however, will be keeping the noise down and staying out of your way, as you enjoy summer in Downtown Edmonton.
Learn more about changes to the Civic Precinct and the City Hall Fountain Rehabilitation.
Editor’s note: the pic at the top of the post shows the City Hall Fountain on June 23, 2021.