If there is a benefit to being stuck in traffic at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive it is catching sight of the Mulholland Memorial Fountain as it shoots water nearly 50 feet into the air. But, perhaps as early next week, the 72-year-old fountain dedicated to William Mulholland, the legendary Los Angeles engineer who built a system of aqueducts and water pipelines, will stop flowing and be drained for the remainder of the year to make necessary repairs, said the L.A. Department of Water and Power.
The repairs to the 90-foot wide fountain are scheduled to be completed by the end of December and in time for next year’s centennial celebration of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The DWP provided a summary of the work:
During the repairs, LADWP will replace broken fountain lights, and clean and recoat the fountain base and adjoining concrete wall to eliminate leaks. LADWP will also be inspecting and repairing the grounds to ensure that the lights and meter box are working properly. Existing signage will be replaced, benches in the area will be pressured washed and cleared of graffiti, and the commemorative plaque will be cleaned. Lastly, LADWP will replace the flagpole security box and landscape the facility.
The Los Feliz fountain is expected to be fenced off this week and drained next week. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of December.