Bloch Fountain to get 50-year upkeep plan

The Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain on Pershing Road between Union Station and the Liberty Memorial, one of the most photographed water features in the city, will get a 50-year plan to keep it in good working order.

The Kansas City park board on Tuesday approved a $65,800 contract with Water’s Edge Aquatic Design of Lenexa to assess the physical condition of the fountain, recommend repairs and create a maintenance manual. The H&R Block Foundation, which gave the fountain to the city in 2001, is contributing $50,000 toward the cost.

The computer-choreographed fountain presents a changing water display from three concentric circles of jets that can shoot as high as 60 feet.

| Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com