Indiana's bicentennial plaza fountain broken after 1 year

June 28, 2018

A fountain that's the centerpiece of a downtown Indianapolis plaza that honors Indiana's bicentennial is broken after only about one year of operation.

The Bicentennial Plaza near the Indiana Statehouse that includes the fountain, sculptures and seating opened in fall 2016 to mark the state's 200th birthday.

But the fountain no longer functions because its pump components were damaged last winter, The Journal Gazette reported.

Indiana Department of Administration spokeswoman Molly Deuberry Craft said repairing the $1.1 million fountain will cost an estimated $92,000.

The fountain includes water jets and multicolored lights. It worked for a few days in fall 2016 before being shut down for that winter. It functioned regularly during summer 2017, but hasn't worked since then because of last winter's damage.

The $2 million plaza project converted what had been a street west of the Statehouse into a pedestrian mall with the fountain and a 25-foot-tall sculpture inspired by the torch on the state flag.


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