The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is cutting back play hours at one of their popular, free summer attractions.
The department has re-evaluated the operating hours of the Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electrical Power Foundation in Bicentennial Park.
Director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Alan D. McKnight said the fountain, which begins its season on Monday, set specific hours for interactive play from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. The fountains will have viewing-only hours from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
“We needed to find a balance so that the fountain is there for not only splashing around in, but also for people to simply sit back and enjoy the features as well,” McKnight said.
“While this change may cause some concerns, I think it’s important to note that the majority of the fountain’s hours are still committed to play, and the new policy is also in line with the operational hours of all of our outdoor swimming pools and spray grounds. Ultimately, we want the fountain to be of benefit for every one of every age who comes to the park and we believe these dedicated hours will allow that to happen.”
The 15,000 square foot fountain holds 110,000 gallons of water in an underground reservoir and can shoot water 75 feet into the air.