|Fountain at The Point|
Pittsburgh's iconic fountain at The Point draws its water from a fourth "underground" river which runs beneath the Ohio River. The fountain, which opened in 1974, has worked only sporadically since 2009 because of mechanical problems and general disrepair. It is scheduled for complete rehabilitation starting in fall and ending sometime in 2012.
The fountain stopped running last July when officials decided it needed extensive repairs and added it as the fourth phase of a $42 million, five-year park renovation that is mostly state-funded, with donations from Riverlife specifically for the fountain. Some of the original design elements of the 1970s were never completed because of lack of money at the time. The current restoration will revive some of those elements, including a raised plaza that would make it easier for people to sit along the fountain's granite edges. Additions will include a waterfall inside the fountain base and energy-efficient lighting to permit nighttime illumination in colors.