World's Fair Park and Krutch Park Fountains Closed for Repairs

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Jesse Fox Mayshark
jmayshark@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3710

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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World's Fair Park and Krutch Park Fountains Closed for Repairs

Posted: 05/15/2017
Fountains at WFPThe play fountains in both World’s Fair Park and Krutch Park are currently closed due to necessary repairs to address water leaks.

The fountains at World’s Fair Park are facing more significant repairs, leaking 5,000 gallons of water per hour. With 75 individual spray fountains and an estimated 280 underground pipes comprising the World’s Fair Park play fountain system, several leaks have been identified. However, there is still a major leak that needs to be located.

“We were losing massive amounts of water with this leak – so much so that we could fill a pool in only a few hours with the water lost,” said Jayne Burritt, Public Building Authority Administrator and CEO. “Our team is working diligently to reopen the fountains as soon as possible.”

Crews at the Public Building Authority, contracted by the City of Knoxville to manage World’s Fair Park, are currently working to identify a short-term repair for this season. Then, more permanent repairs will be made after the fountains close for the winter. 

Additionally, the fountains at Krutch Park on Gay Street have also been closed due to multiple water leaks. However, these are much less extensive than the leaks at World’s Fair Park, and the Krutch Park fountains are anticipated to be open in three to four weeks.

The City’s other two sites for water play fountains, Market Square and Volunteer Landing, are currently open. Hours for the fountains typically are 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. during warmer weather.

For more information, please visit www.knoxvilletn.gov/recreation.