By Brandon Barger
INDIANAPOLIS—A long-dormant fountain in the plaza at the rear of the Indiana Statehouse will once again spring to life as repairs are currently underway for a mid-August return.
The fountain was originally the centerpiece of the bicentennial plaza built by then-Gov. Mike Pence in 2016.
The fountain in the plaza behind the Statehouse was built in 2016, but has not been in operation since 2018. It is expected to run again in mid-August. Photo by Brandon Barger, TheStatehouseFile.com
The fountain includes jets that shoot water into the air and small square multi-colored lights. The fountain also had a cascading front, which made the fountain a reflecting pool when the jets were turned off.
Jill Carnell, chief administrative officer of the Indiana Department of Administration, said that the fountain by itself cost $1.1 million and was expected to run annually from April 15 to Oct. 15. It was only functional in the summer of 2017 and a couple of days in 2016.
The fountain broke in the winter of 2017 and was never turned on in 2018 or this year because of a problem with the control panel. The panel controls both the fountain and the lights.
Carnell said that it took a while for the IDOA to find contractors who could work on the different parts of the fountain.
“There were several complex repairs and there are not very many vendors who work on fountains,” he said. “It took a while to figure out the best course of action going forward.”
She said that the repairs will cost around $46,000 for the control panel and any other parts before the fountain is again spouting water.
Carnell is hoping that these repairs will be the last repairs to the fountain for a while.
“We hope that this will repair the fountain, but we never know what might happen.”
There is no word yet on whether there will be a ceremony to commemorate the turning on of the fountain once again.
Brandon Barger is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.