Frost Park repairs under way

Repairs to the fountain at Larry Frost Memorial Park in downtown Tacoma were under way Tuesday afternoon.

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. But its cascading fountain that stretches from Commerce Street to Pacific Avenue hasn’t worked for a long time.

On Friday, City of Tacoma officials announced the repair project would begin this week with pressure washing, an acid wash, and the application of epoxies, paints, and sealants. The project is scheduled to be completed next week.

In April, the Tacoma Daily Index reported City officials were considering whether to direct money toward repairing the fountain. The list of needed repairs is long: multiple leaks in the walls and floors of the pool; potential underground pipe damage; water pump repairs; pressure washing; and a waterproof sealant. Public Works officials estimate the repairs will cost about $40,000.

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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 Park Memorial Web site —

Frost Park Chalk-Off —