The City of Fountains Foundation celebrates 40 years, kicks off campaign to revitalize several crumbling landmark fountains
On Sunday, June 9, Kansas City visitors and families will have a unique opportunity to learn about the fountains that make our city special. The KC Festival of Fountains will take place at the Bloch Fountain, in front of the Union Station, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the City of Fountains Foundation has organized this first-ever event, designed to showcase local fountains and encourage contributions for several that need immediate repairs.
Preceding the Festival, hundreds of bicycle riders from all over the metropolitan area will be participating in the Ride the Fountains bike ride that will begin at the Station at 8 a.m. and end around 11 a.m. Afterward there will be music and refreshments for the riders.
At 1 p.m., the Marching Cobras will herald a special ceremony that will include a brief history of the City of Fountains Foundation, and formal announcement of a campaign to raise private dollars to restore and preserve many of the city’s landmark fountains that are in need of major repairs.
Plans for the day include trolleys that will leave the Station every 10 minutes, taking visitors on guided tours to Kansas City fountains, north and south. Vendors will offer food and drink. Activities will include a Lego exhibit, the Zoomobile, animals from Lakeside Nature Center and a Power-Point show of Kansas City fountains. Children will enjoy a Fountains Activity Book designed by a local teacher specially for the occasion, as well as an entertainment stage featuring youth dance groups and a disc jockey.
For additional information check out the City of Fountains Foundation website.