Gresham Children’s Interactive Fountain Project

Gresham, OR


The Gresham Children’s Fountain is a public interactive fountain constructed on behalf of the City of Gresham, Oregon. The system consists of two fountains, the main fountain that becomes a water show for evening entertainment with lights and fountain effects and a smaller fountain that operates as a spray ground fountain for interactive play.


The main fountain consists of a 40-foot-diameter concrete surface with 40 smooth bore nozzles producing thin streams of water that arc towards the center. Each nozzle location has a pair of nozzles that cross streams at a maximum height of 7 feet. A variable frequency drive (VFD) reduces flow to the outer nozzles to allow the arcs to move in and out from the center to the perimeter. The fountain water sheet flows to a perimeter trough that is conveyed to a surge tank and recirculation system, ensuring that there is no standing water on the concrete surface. Twenty vertical inner nozzles emit a concentrated stream of water at heights from 0 to 6.5 feet. The center nozzle can reach a height of 14 feet vertically.


The smaller fountain consists of an 18-foot-diameter concrete surface with 12 nozzles that shoot vertically. No standing water collects on the concrete surface. The outer and inner circles of vertical nozzles emit concentrated streams of water at heights ranging from 0 to 6.5 feet. The nozzles are flush to the ground and can turn on and off independently.


Water from both fountains is recirculated and shares a common surge tank and pump station. All water that comes in contact with the public is treated chemically treated with chlorine, filtered, and disinfected with an ultraviolet unit before it is recirculated.


Key Features:

  • Integrated lighting with fountain effects
  • Pumping, filtration, disinfection systems
  • Below-grade pump station
  • Electrical design
  • Structural design

Burton Landscape Architecture Studio

Fountains / Water Features, Interactive Water Features, Lake Systems / Water Features / Pools