Floundering without fountains: when will the Harborside reopen?

Come back, water!
Come back, water!

The site of empty fountains on Bremerton’s waterfront Sunday left me saddened, I must admit.

The dried-out, greenish water cannons have had no children dancing underneath them since last October, when the fountains closed down for the winter. Then, the city embarked on a $60,000 plumbing overhaul that will make them safer and more sanitary.

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That overhaul has been planned out and now just needs approval from the state’s Department of Health, according to Bremerton Parks Director Jeff Elevado.

How long will that approval process, plus installation, take? Elevado isn’t certain yet.

“We hope to have them open sometime this season,” he told me Monday. “But we can’t promise that at this point.”

So stay tuned. Hopefully, they’ll get it up and running soon. In the meantime, the city cautions people to steer clear of the other city fountains. On a day that’s going to get into the 80s, that may be a tall order.

On a recent hot day, no one could resist the Memorial Fountains while the Harborside ones were closed.
On a recent hot day, no one could resist the Memorial Fountains while the Harborside ones were closed.

 

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