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After closing for more than a year, here’s when the Scioto Mile Fountain will reopen

After closing for more than a year, here’s when the Scioto Mile Fountain will reopen

Jack McLaughlin

The Scioto Mile Fountain has been closed for upgrades since May of 2023, but it won’t stay that way for long.

According to the City of Columbus Recreations & Parks, the fountain will officially reopen over Memorial Day weekend, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on May 24.

Upgrades made to the fountain, which aim to make it a “year-round” destination, include:

Enhancements to halo fog and super shooters, jets that can shoot water over 100 feet into the
air, adding visual and interactive appeal, including a system that will engage and interact
with visitors.
A sprite area with 344 fountain sprites that are lit by self-contained LED lights.
Increased seating and shaded areas and space for food trucks and carts, offering reprieve and refreshment to Downtown visitors.
Sculptural light elements with vibrant, constantly changing colors that will feature dynamic light shows in the cold-weather season, making the Scioto Mile Fountain a year-round destination.


The project, which will cost $15 million overall, is funded from a partnership between Columbus Recreation and Parks and the Scioto Mile Endowment.

“The Scioto Mile Fountain invites families from across our city to spend a summer afternoon Downtown,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther in a press release. “This free amenity is accessible to all Columbus residents, and we’re excited for the fountain to reach its highest level of performance, functionality and fun for all visitors!”

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