Thinking we would cool off, we mistakenly headed to the Concourse Fountain Sunday. Since it was 93 degrees, and it was 24hrs before most of the public pools opened, it was disgustingly crowded. And it was the type of crowd that can only be attracted by a pool with no admission fee, no dress code and no amenities.
This fountain was built
I recall going here in as a kid with my best friends, and we would climb up all the steps, and at the top, water was bubbling over the triangular towers. Around the upper areas there was a pathway of steps with water flowing around your feet, and we would chase each other around and around. We were skinny boys in cut-off shorts, and we had a blast. There were no fences, no handicap ramp and I certainly don't remember any lifeguards.
This place was built very sturdy in a brutalist style, like the old Fountain Square; but after 30 some years of deferred maintenance, the concrete is starting to crumble. The elevator has been out of order for at least ten years. Higher railings were added and most of the upper reaches have been fenced-off for safety reasons. And now, beginning this year, it appears that the cascades of water are no longer working. What remains is simply an 8" deep wading pool that for good reason is very heavily chlorinated.
According to the CRC Aquatics Plan this is scheduled to be converted to an automated sprayground this year. I suppose they will add a rubberized surface, drain the pool and add some standard spray features. Certainly, a sprayground here will be an improvement over the shallow pool, still I feel some regret, because this was meant to be a better, more grand place.
[Where: 601 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202]