The Arizona Republic
Jul. 23, 2007 10:41 AM FOUNTAIN HILLS – The town’s iconic Fountain Park is undergoing a major face lift this summer.Crews began installing new irrigation late last month on the 37-year-old park, which at 560 feet tall boasts the world’s tallest fountain.
Those who frequent the park need not worry.
It will remain open while the irrigation system is installed in three month-long phases. Construction will be fenced in to remove any potential hazards.“It will definitely help improve the overall appearance,” said Town Recreation Supervisor Bryan Hughes.
He said the new system will be automated and more effective in its water distribution.
Town Manager Tim Pickering said it is a necessity.
“Every summer, our grass has been turning brown,” he said.
Other enhancements include the addition of sidewalk on the western edge of the park’s lake, disk golf tee pads and new landscaping.
Fountain Hills awarded Valley Rain Construction a contract for the project in June, and later set the maximum price at $1.36 million.The park, near Saguaro and El Lago boulevards, has seen some major adjustments in recent years. Last year, builders added a splash facility with sprayers that spout water from the ground.
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