Henderson's Central Park Fountain to Be Repaired

The city is spending about $79,000 to fix the aging Central Park Fountain.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 7:46 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 7:49 PM

The city of Henderson is working to address two repair issues for popular downtown features.  According to city leaders, the Central Park Fountain and the Riverfront Water Feature are both in need of extensive repairs.

The Central Park Fountain is currently shut down due to an internal water leak. The fountain will be taken apart by city crews who will then send it to the original manufacturer, Robinson Iron Corp., to refurbish, update and repair it. 

The price tag for that project is $79,000 and once the fountain is removed, it will be away from the park for about 8 to 12 weeks. The commission approved the expenditure at today's meeting.

The very popular Riverfront Water Feature is also slated to have those repairs done, but the Board of Commissioners were informed it could wait a little while longer for those repairs.

City leaders say the Riverfront Water Feature is leaking underground but they would like to keep it up and running for the rest of the summer season. But they say if the leak gets worse they could be forced to shut down the attraction ahead of the usual shut-off time, in October.

Crews are going to have to dig up the water feature to replace the plumbing at the end of the summer season. City staff will be working on a detailed scope of work and bring it back for discussion at an upcoming commission meeting.

The maintenance of both water features is challenging because of exposure to weather extremes and the effects of water treatment chemicals over time. City leaders say both of these attractions are part of the iconic downtown Henderson look and feel.

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