Fountain flows again at downtown Tacoma's Frost Park

After a long hiatus, the fountain at Larry Frost Memorial Park in downtown Tacoma was activated Tuesday morning by Tacoma Public Works employees. The park’s cascading fountain, which stretches from Commerce Street to Pacific Avenue hasn’t worked for a long time because the list of needed repairs was long: multiple leaks in the walls and floors of the pool; potential underground pipe damage; water pump repairs; pressure washing; and a waterproof sealant. In April, the Tacoma Daily Index was first to report the city was considering whether to direct money toward repairing the fountain. In mid-August, the repair project began with pressure washing, an acid wash, and the application of epoxies, paints, and sealants. The city-owned park, located at the corner of South Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue, is named after fallen Tacoma police officer Larry Frost, who was 29 years old when he was shot and killed on Sept. 9, 1977. In recent years, a group of local artists has gathered on Fridays at noon for friendly chalk art competitions.

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Tacoma Public Works: Frost Park repairs nearly completed (09/12/11) —

Frost Park repairs under way (08/17/11) —

Frost Park fountain repairs scheduled to begin Monday (08/12/11) —

Repairs ahead for Frost Park fountain? (04/17/11) —

City of Tacoma’s Larry Frost Web site —

Frost Park Chalk-Off —