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Best Free Show in Town? Denver’s City Park Fountain

Washington Park, Denver Post, Karl Gehring

City Park, Denver Post, Karl Gehring

What is a prismatic electric fountain? It is the dancing, colorfully lighted fountain of Denver’s 317-acre City Park. An article in the Denver Post describes the fountain of the city’s biggest park, which can be seen for free at dusk each night this summer.

After many years in disrepair, the fountain was restored by the city and private donors at a cost of $3.2 million. The restored fountain was dedicated in August a little more than 100 years after the original fountain was completed before the 1908 Democratic National Convention in Denver. The original display, called the Prismatic Electric Fountain, was the work of legendary engineer Frederic Darlington. Denver is the only location with a Darlington Electric Fountain to recreate the work with a modern — but historically accurate — version, according to the city. The new fountain features the original 12 water displays enjoyed by Denverites a century ago.

Pretty cool.

3 Responses

  1. I saw a similar type fountain in Atlantic City. It’s called “The Water Show” at the end of The Pier Shops on the Boardwalk, with dazzling illuminated water effects every hour on the hour. The Pier Shops juts out over the Atlantic Ocean and features this free, hourly indoor “dancing fountains” show choreographed to lights and music. It’s pretty cool and a source of entertainment during a tropical storm.

  2. Caption on June 10, 2009 photo is incorrect. Fountain shown is in City, not Washington, Park. Thanks, Cristin

  3. I would like to know if the fountain is in performance as of now Aug. 23 and beyond? Thank you MJ

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