Celebrate the official start of the 2021 fountain season in the City of Fountains! Fountain Day is a Spring ritual and holiday unique to Kansas City.


Tuesday, May 4 at 10 a.m.

Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain, Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway (entry to Swope Park)

The department's adopted budget for the new fiscal year contains funding to operate seven of the city's 48 fountains this summer. Recognizing the importance of fountains to the City's identity, the Board of Commissioners has requested American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to restore lost revenue totaling over $6 million. We are encouraged to see that funding included in the City Manager's recommendation to the City Council. The Board fully supports that recommendation and will use ARP funds to restore important community services like aquatics operations and fountains, upon Council approval.

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Delbert J. Haff (1859-1943) was a Park Commissioner from 1908-1912. As an attorney, he was largely responsible for solving the financial and legal problems facing the first Park Board.  A circle outside Swope Park was dedicated to this pioneer. The mirror pool was designed with a low retaining wall of coursed stone. In 1966, it was equipped with a center spraying ring and seven vertical jets that operate year round. This fountain welcomes visitors to the entrance of Swope Park and pays tribute to one of Kansas City's most influential proponents of the local parks system.

In 2019, improvements to the fountain were completed that included a new concrete basin to reduce the depth of the pool and reduce the amount of water it holds by 50%. Increasing the spray nozzles from 3 to 7, adding color LED lighting, installing new fountain equipment and a new vault to house the equipment, replacing the concrete walkway around the fountain, adding an ADA entrance on the east side, replacing the stonework around the edge of the fountain, and adding landscaping around the bust of Delbert Haff on the west side. The $1.5 million renovation project was funded by GOkc Bonds, City funds, and private donations through the City of Fountains Foundation.stats

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