Fountain at Pittsburgh's Point State Park to be Turned Off for Winter

Oct 28, 2013, 11:30 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The newly renovated fountain at Point State Park in Pittsburgh will be turned off for the winter months beginning Nov. 1, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

On that date, park staff will begin to drain both the fountain and the reflecting pool under the Portal Bridge to begin the winterization process.

"The return of the fountain has made it a year to remember in Pittsburgh," DCNR's Bureau of State Parks Director Dave Kemmerer said. "Our staff will be reviewing all of the fountain's inner workings as part of the shut down for the winter so we are ready to go when milder weather returns in the spring."

Depending on the weather, the fountain will reopen sometime in April or early May 2014.

The fountain was returned to the Pittsburgh skyline this summer after a complete rehabilitation. The fountain holds about 800,000 gallons of water. Its main water column can reach 150 feet.

For the past several years the 36-acre Point State Park has been undergoing a $35 million improvement project.

Point State Park welcomes about three million visitors annually.

For more information about the park or any of Pennsylvania's 120 state parks, visit and choose "Find a Park."

Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources