Restoring the Seven Canyons Fountain

When it opened in 1993, the Seven Canyons Fountain in Liberty Park was an immediate hit.

Thousands were drawn to the unique water feature, which is designed to represent the seven canyons that descend from the Wasatch mountains and the creeks that flow into the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake.

Two years ago fountain was closed, however, after concerns were raised about safety and public health.My Post-21

Mayor Jackie Biskupski is committed to reopening the Seven Canyons Fountain.

“When the Seven Canyons fountain was closed two years ago, Liberty Park lost a major attraction,” Mayor Jackie Biskupski said. “We need to restore it so that families from across the city and Salt Lake City visitors can again enjoy it.”

An icon of Salt Lake City’s Public Art Program,the fountain was built with a donation from the late Salt Lake City philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner and crafted through a collaboration between architects Boyd and Elizabeth Blackner and artists John Swain and Stephen Goldsmith.

It also plays a key role in the City’s identity that in addition to pure fun, provides an opportunity for learning about Utah geography and geology.

“Repair of the Seven Canyons Fountain is one of the most requested improvement by the community,” Kristin Riker, Director of Salt Lake City’s department of Parks and Public Lands.

The Mayor says changes and upgrades can be easily made to address those concerns and meet the expectations of the art community.

In fact, some of the 24-year-old fountain’s improvements have already been addressed through private donations, including installing new water pumps, filters and a sanitation filer.

But the work isn’t done, Salt Lake City’s office of Parks and Public Lands says. The 30,000-square- foot fountain still needs an ultraviolet sanitation system to protect against the possibility of water-borne illnesses, and it edges need to be resurfaced to keep mud and other organic matter from getting in. In addition, some areas of the fountain need to be raised to eliminate the drowning risks.

In her recent budget speech, Mayor Biskupski asked the Salt Lake City Council to fund the remaining improvements with an investment of $730,000 of city dollars.

It’s an amount far lower than the millions predicted in early repair estimates and an expenditure that will result in unmeasurable joy for city residents.

“The Seven Canyons Fountain is something that everyone should have the chance to enjoy,” Mayor Biskupski said. “I believe that restoring the fountain, so it can be reopened is a worthwhile use of city funds that will enhance Liberty Park for years to come.”

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