C’mon In! The Water’s Fine!

The Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park.  Spokane, WA.

The Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park. Spokane, WA.

When temps spike up into the 90’s, folks just naturally head for the water. And if there’s no ocean, river, or swimming pool nearby, a fountain or other water feature works just fine.

Spokane’s “interactive” Rotary Fountain is located at the south entrance to Riverfront Park. (so-named not because it rotates, but because it was partially funded by the Downtown Spokane Rotary Club) Kids of all ages love it! No matter which way they turn, they’re sure to get wet.

The five stainless steel columns, which stand 24 feet tall, support a 30 foot diameter ring that has 40 overhead jets. These jets spray toward the middle of the fountain, creating both a dome of water overhead and a waterfall that cascades down into the center of the fountain. Water also shoots out from the columns themseves, from a half dozen basalt boulders scattered around the perimeter, and from dozens of mist jets. 155 jets in all, pumping out about 3500 gallons of water per minute. That’s a lot of water!

So if you’re planning a trip to Spokane this summer, be sure to check out the Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain. A fun way to cool off, even if you’re fully clothed!

The Rotary Fountain is located in downtown Spokane at the intersection of Howard Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard. Ample parking nearby. For directions to Riverfront Park, please check their website.

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