PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With some fanfare, the fountain at Point State Park had its “renaissance moment” in June after an 11.6-million dollar 4-year-long facelift.
But on Monday all 800-thousand gallons of water were drained.
“It takes 16-to-18-hours to actually drain all the water out,” Park Manager Matthew Greene says.
The reason for the maintenance is to check and re-focus the new fancy lighting – and to get rid of algae that bloomed in the exceptionally hot weather we had.
Park Manager Greene says, “and what you have is a by-product of the dead algae that we need to clean out of there every once in a while.”
Aside from pressure washing the basins to get rid of dirt, and suntan oil – there was debris left behind.
“We found a couple of cell phones, earrings, necklaces, coins, everybody throws coins into here,” Greene said.
Park Rangers ask that visitors not throw anything in the fountain – or take a dip, it’s not a swimming pool.
There are fines for violating park rules from $5-to-300 depending on the magistrate’s mood.
After a test run – the city landmark will be in all its glory by Friday morning – ready for those National Football and Major League Baseball cameras.
“The city’s gonna be on TV a lot here coming in the future so we want to make sure everything looks really good.”