Flushing, N.Y. – A $5.2 million reconstruction project beginning Fall 2018 will revamp the fountains and reflecting pool that make up the ‘Fountains of the Fair’ located south of the iconic Flushing Meadows Unisphere.
The revamp will begin with transforming the reflecting pool into a ‘mist garden,’ said Parks Department spokesperson Meghan Lalor. Specialized mist and fog jets will create a cloud mist that will rise between 3 and 5 feet above the surface.
The center fountain will be made into a sunken performance area surrounded by lawn according to the Parks Department. The large fountain will be transformed into a water play area, complete with spray showers. New seating and lights will also be added.
The area will be paved with an art deco pattern to honor the look of the park during the 1939 World’s Fair.
The center and large fountain along with the reflecting pool were constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair. The pools were revamped in 2000 but were damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The Parks Department held public ‘visioning sessions’ in 2015 and 2016 to get community input on the reconstruction. The community wanted more water options and expressed a desire to keep the art deco details of the first World’s Fair held at the park in 1939.