City of Hastings Completes Historic Fountain Renovation
By Lauren Dietrich, Student News Reporter Nebraska Public Media
July 26, 2021, 4 p.m. ·
A $385,000 project to renovate a historic fountain in Hastings is complete. Last December Hastings City Council approved the funding to renovate Fisher Rainbow Fountain in Highland Park. The idea for renovations was first presented in October of 2020 because the fountain, built in the 1930’s, was corroding and had electrical issues and safety issues.
The city's Amanda Scott said the fountain serves as a family-friendly place for residents to enjoy.
"It's always been a big point of pride, a symbol of hope in the city. So when it came time to do these renovations we knew we wanted to do them right away. We know the fountain deserves to have the best treatment.”
The new and improved fountain, which is the largest of its kind between Denver and Chicago, operates with perimeter nozzles and features a light show. During the renovation, mechanical equipment was moved into an existing utility building near the fountain to ensure safety for workers.