Grand Junction’s Main Street kids fountain open for season
School is finally out and it’s gettin’ mighty hot! Luckily, the kids water fountain at Fifth and Main streets began splashing over the weekend.
This popular (and free!) kids destination is now open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. On weekdays, it will run intermittently, with regular hours from 5-10 p.m. There are benches seated around it for parents and baby-sitters while children scamper through the water jets. And it’s right next to Candy Time Shoppe and Novelties (which sells ice-cream treats)!
“The splash pad is a hugely popular water feature on Main Street,” Downtown Grand Junction Spokesman Aaron Hoffman said. “It’s a great draw for kids and families, and its location near downtown shops, restaurants, and other kids play areas makes it a really fun place to visit.”
With fun must come responsibility, however. Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Supervisor Tom Ziola stressed the importance of keeping the popular Main Street destination clean and safe through self-policing efforts. Dogs, garbage and dirty diapers are not allowed near the water installation, and the sidewalk must be kept clear of towels for pedestrian use.
“The fountain is monitored for health and safety regularly,” he noted.
Installed as part of the Main Street uplift project completed in June 2011, the interactive water feature was part of large-scale vision to redevelop historic Grand Junction into a thriving destination for both locals and visitors.
The revitalization effort was primarily funded by the Downtown Development Authority, and it was done in two phases to fix infrastructure issues and beautify the area.
The uplift also created more pedestrian areas, outdoor dining and a cleaned-up look for Main Street. Prior to the project, there were no kids-specific areas on the main drag.
“We take great pride” in the city’s water features, Ziola said. “There’s a (larger) splash pad at Lincoln Park, too, all summer long.”
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