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Fountains part of WaterWalk celebration Saturday

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at 7:06 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at 7:31 p.m.

Correction: A previous version of the story incorrectly listed the address of the event.

Wichitans will get their first look Saturday night at a performance by the Waltzing Waters fountains at WaterWalk.

“The Fall Festival and Military Salute,” co-sponsored by the city, WaterWalk, Rusty Eck Ford and KEYN Radio, begins at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, with water shows following at 8 and 9 p.m. City Council member Lavonta Williams will speak at the event.

The fountains are part of a four-hour celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at WaterWalk, 515 S. Main. Events include a ceremony to honor active and retired military, live music by King Midas on the development’s commons, food, drinks and treats for the kids.

The fountains will continue operating until they are shut down for the winter, said Cathy Holdeman, assistant city manager.

It’s not clear what the costs will be to run the fountains, Holdeman said. City staff has targeted water, power and labor as the primary “cost drivers” for the budget and is trying to develop a budget for its future operation.

The fountains, 150 feet long, are located east of Gander Mountain. Regular schedules call for three daily shows: 12:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., from April through December. The shows will feature music, lights and moving water in a synchronized display. Music will include country, classic rock, classical, 1980s rock and holiday songs.

The city’s price tag for the fountains project is $3.5 million, including $1.6 million for the fountains themselves. It’s part of a larger $41 million development agreement between the city and WaterWalk, owned by longtime Wichita developer Jack DeBoer.

Reach Bill Wilson at 316-268-6290 or bwilson@wichitaeagle.com.

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