Good-Bye Dancing Water Fountain in Gaslamp District? Maybe.

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 16:00 —by DLS
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Looks like the “Dancing Waters” fountain located at the corner of Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the Gaslamp Square Park Plaza might be on its last legs if a story appearing on SignOnSanDiego.com today is accurate.

Apparently, the downtown merchants say the fountain costs property owners around $40,000 a year in up-keep and it uses about 1,000 gallons of water a day — even when there is a drought.

The kiddies love it, the tourists enjoy looking at it, and the residents of San Diego also like it.  So, what’s the answer? The merchants want the entire plaza renovated so it is more cost effective and more environmentally-friendly. The fountain has also been cited by the same Downtown merchants as being too dangerous for kids and being something of a “black hole,” according to the article by writer, Jeannette Steele.

They aren’t opposed to a water feature, but they do want a new take on the fountain that was installed back in 1995.

In the end, it’s up to the city who owns the park to decide its fate. At the moment, the water fountain also needs more than $15,000 in repairs and it is currently off limits — it has a steel barricade around it.

Maybe some of those highly paid sports figures could offer a helping hand or a donation to get it repaired.

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