Anyone who views this North Kansas City, Missouri fountain will have no doubt the City considers its children to be its finest asset. The 100-foot long by 60-foot wide Children’s Fountain playfully states the City’s affection for its youngsters.
Larkin provided all the engineering design for this $1.7 million fountain, which is the largest of its kind in America. This fountain is the only fountain in the world that includes sculpture and is designed to run year-round in freezing weather.
Several bronze statues of children in various poses are arranged on pedestals of increasing heights. Each statue is located where several arching streams of water meet. Playful bubbler jets are located between each statue. The 100-horsepower pump recirculates approximately 6,000 gallons of water each minute. The Children’s Fountain also includes a reinforced concrete basin with an underdrain, precast concrete coping, low-voltage underwater lighting, extensive landscaping, sidewalks and future parking designed by the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department. A reinforced concrete plaza area with brick pavers set in concrete surrounds the fountain. Some pavers display the names of those who made donations to the fountain.
The low, flat site of this fountain created drainage design challenges for Larkin engineers. Careful development of a grading scheme solved these challenges.