Liberty Park’s Seven Canyons Fountain not opening this summer because of health concerns

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) –  Liberty Park’s popular Seven Canyons Fountain is currently a series of dry ditches and  it will not be opening this summer because the water wasn’t meeting health standards.

Children and pets, even people bathing in the 24 year old play area were contaminating the water and leaves were clogging the filtration system.

Nole Walkingshaw, the Salt Lake City Public Services Communications Manager, explains.

“You’ve got a combination of kids, dogs and plants,” Walkingshaw said. “And that combination with the pooling we’re not able to maintain healthy clean water.”

And that’s not the only problem.

“The design of the facility itself leaves some deep puddles that could be deemed as a drowning hazard,” Walkingshaw said.

The people ABC4 Utah News spoke to Friday said that not having the fountain all summer is a real disappointment.

“It’s kind of a bummer,” Terence Duff said. “It’s a cool feature. They really did a good job with the way that it’s set up and it’s kind of educational as well. It kind of shows you where all the water comes from.”

Anna Barrett is a nanny who takes care of three children.

“We were really looking forward to playing in the fountains and everything this summer,” Barrett said. “I guess it will be just more of a hot trip when we come here. No water.”

Making the fountain safe would require an ultraviolet sanitation system, raising the areas where water pools and resurfacing.

“It’s a pretty expensive price tag,” Walkingshaw said. “It’s somewhere between $1 million and $2 million to bring it up to modern…play standards.”

Salt Lake City has not determined if they will go ahead with the upgrades or where they would get that money.

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