“Fountain Day” means SPRING.
The “City of Fountains” is one of Kansas City’s nicknames for good reason. There are 200 “officially registered” fountains in the Greater Kansas City area – but that excludes the many fountains at corporation and sub-division entrances, office atriums, private gardens and homes.
Kansas City’s first fountains date back to the late 1800s where they served thirsty dogs, horses and birds that passed through the city. By the early 1900s the City began erecting ornate drinking fountains over natural springs to provide people with safe drinking water. Today fountains can be found in nearly every courtyard, parkland and tree-lined boulevard throughout the area.
Some are majestic, some are whimsical – and if you slow down long enough to listen, you’ll find each one has a unique story to tell.
It’s important to note that many of the fountains are turned off during the winter months to keep them from being damaged by ice. However, recently Kansas City made it a goal to repair and upgrade all of the fountains it maintains, and have them all turned on each spring by April 10, or “Fountain Day” as it’s come to be known.
We think that’s a pretty a cool way to celebrate the start of spring. And that’s one reason why now is the best time to plan a trip to KC.