After 3 years of renovations, Franklin Square gets upgraded fountain

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A newly upgraded fountain in Franklin Square was unveiled Wednesday, and it took three years to complete.

“In 1837, City Council passed a resolution calling for, 'a fountain of grand proportions,'" explained Amy Needle, executive director of Historic Philadelphia.

She said the grand fountain and the park were in disarray until 2006, when it was renovated by her nonprofit organization. Now, the newest renovation comes just in time for the park’s 13th renovation birthday.

“The Franklin Square Fountain has original marble and the original wrought-iron fence all around it. And now with the fountain show, we've added nozzles, shooters, gimbles, fans, all that make up this choreographed fountain show," she said. 

Those at the fountain debut were impressed with the show. 

“The fountain sprouts, they moved really nice with the music," said one spectator. 

And in honor of the park’s 13th birthday, Needle said they’ll be adding programming four days a week throughout the month of August. 

Evening shows will also have the additional element of lights.

“It’s so important in our city to have green space that can be accessed by everyone, so this fountain show will just be another attraction that people can come and enjoy," Needle said.