KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An iconic fountain, which has been broken for more than a year, could soon be flowing again.
The Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain hasn't worked since last summer. It needs extensive, expensive repairs with a preliminary cost of more than $500,000. The fountain's entire pump room, electrical system and vault need to be rebuilt.
Over the weekend, the city told Romanelli West Homes Association that they will fulfill at least one of two requests for the fountain's repairs. $281,000 in public improvements sales tax dollars is earmarked for the fountain.
The city is considering the second request, but wants a more detailed cost estimate first.
"I think it's going to be a broad net that will be cast trying to get companies, individuals, anybody, it could be small donations to, to put the money with the City of Fountains Foundation earmarked specifically for this project," said Jim Fitzpatrick with Romanelli West Homes Association. "This is one of the cities most prominent fountains, and it needs to be on."
An anonymous donor also pledged $150, 000 to the repairs, which brings the total raised for repairs to $431,000, but still thousand more dollars are needed.
"This Ward Parkway as you know is a very heavily trafficked street," Fitzpatrick said. "Thousands and thousands of cars use it every day, including many of our friends from Johnson County, Kansas. So they come by the fountain and now they don't see it running. We want them for sure to see our fountain running and continue to be jealous of what we've got here in Kansas City, Missouri."
Even if all the money needed to fix the fountain comes through there's a good chance it won't be fixed for another year.
Fitzpatrick says the neighbors are thankfully patient.