Motorists passing through the intersection of Figueroa Street and San Fernando Road this week have been doing a double take as spouts of water gush into the air near the Cypress Park Home Depot. The columns of water are part of an approximately $800,000, computer-controlled fountain created by the same people who brought you the fountains at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas and, closer to home, the Americana at Brand in Glendale and The Grove in the Fairfax District. Despite a six-figure price tag, the fountain now being tested in the shadow of the 5 Freeway won’t be as grand as those other water works but it will be the chief feature of the first phase of Confluence Park, a new green space being created near the spot where the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco meet. The fountain will serve as an “iconic gateway to the Northeast community,” according to the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, which is building the fountain and park in partnership with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone will be coming to this spot in years to come to enjoy a park and dancing jets of water. Trucks and cars roar on the freeway overhead; Metrolink trains rumble nearby and the entire area is surrounded by a tangle of concrete freeways, bridges and roads. But officials say Confluence Park, which has been delayed by the state’s budget woes, and the fountain will eventually be an inviting place.
The tests being conducted this week are in preparation for the fountain to start operating early next year, according to Dash Stolarz, a public affairs official with the conservation authority. “It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Construction at Confluence Park. L.A. Creek Freak