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Improvements Planned for Centennial Fountain on Clematis Street

Post Date:02/20/2020 4:57 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (February 20, 2020) – During the most recent City Commission meeting, renovations for the Centennial Fountain were approved and are expected to commence in Spring of this year.

Located at the intersection of Clematis Street and Narcissus Avenue, the popular waterplay site will receive an upgraded facade and operating system. Noticeable enhancements will include controlled water spray patterns, color-changing LED ring lights, and a sound system. Each of these elements will be choreographed simultaneously to create dynamic musical and light animations.

“For decades, Centennial Fountain has been a source of entertainment for local families and the heart of the 100 block of Clematis Street,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “Upgrades to the fountain will enhance the vibrancy of our downtown by creating a more visitor-friendly atmosphere. This project will also enhance completed and planned improvements to Clematis Street’s streetscape.”

A 2019 evaluation uncovered several above ground hazards and below ground malfunctions at Centennial Fountain. The $1,800,000 refurbishment project will replace all the underground equipment and existing fountain deck. It will also give the site an updated look in accordance with the aesthetics of the ongoing Clematis Streetscape project.  A special water treatment system will be installed in compliance with Florida Building Department and Health Department regulations.

Centennial Fountain has been in service since the 1990s. Demolition of the fountain’s underground components is anticipated to begin in early March. The refurbishment project is slated to begin in Spring 2020 and is expected to take approximately four months.

$1,000,000 of the overall construction cost will be funded by the City of West Palm Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, with the remainder to be funded from 2016B Capital Improvement Fund.

For more information about the Clematis Streetscape Project and other Downtown improvements, visit www.wpb.org/government/community-redevelopment-agency/downtown-city-center-cra.

To learn more about the City of West Palm Beach’s initiatives, visit www.wpb.org, or call (561) 822-1400 (TTY: 800-955-8771).

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