Another alternative enhancement — additional water features proposed with a price tag of $865,000 — will not be implemented. Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said that’s a pretty hefty price tag considering there are already fountains in the pond. Other members of council agreed. Instead, they will seek enhancement of the pond fountains.
Architect Scott Howard, who is leading the design team from Howard and Fairbairn, will check with Delta Fountains to find out the price tag on upgrading the pond fountains.
The pond water features already include perimeter jets and a main set of jets in the center that spray up into the air. Another bank of jets makes a curved, almost semi-circle, in the center of the pond.
“These can be timed and programed in different ways,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jud Foster. “They have lighting with them.”
Those fountains already create a lot of water movement and council members felt the additional expense of another $800,000 is not warranted. Instead, they want to know the price tag of having the fountains in the pond synch with music.
“Those things exist,” Foster said.
The price tag will be the determining factor. The city will also look at the price tag of adding more fountains in the pond and more lights.
Construction is underway on Legacy Drive which will connect the park to 24th Avenue. Restaurants are planned near the park. Construction on the park has not started yet.