So, any H2O in your burg (besides big Bud) making a splash you'd care to let us see?The purpose of this thread is to showcase the man-made water features of the Midwest's urban areas. This includes public fountains, waterfalls, lakes, lily ponds, water gardens, and attractive canals. What does your city have?
Well, there IS the Gateway Geyser, which is the second-tallest fountain in the world, and the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, it's supposed to be approximately the same height as the Gateway Arch, located directly across the river.So, any H2O in your burg (besides big Bud) making a splash you'd care to let us see?
What isn't mentioned, and somewhat unfairly, is that Daniel Tenney (Tenney Park) bought the land for the park and donated it to the city for the very purpose of essentially connecting the Yahara with Lake Mendota lakefront, before Olin even conceived the parkway. The kick-off of Tenney Park gave Olin the very idea to dredge, and straighten the river, and build locks actually physically connecting it to the lake.In January 1903, the leader of Madison's park development and president of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association, John M. Olin, presented a grand development plan for the Yahara River to city leaders. The plan called for deepening, widening and straightening the river between lakes Mendota and Monona and creating a parkway. In only six months and with contributions from many Madison citizens, Olin and the Park and Pleasure Drive Association raised the money and secured the land to begin construction. The Yahara River Parkway was designed by renowned landscape architect Ossian Cole Simonds, who fostered a regional style of landscape architecture known as the "Prairie School." Using native Midwestern plants such as hawthorne, dogwood, and crabapple, Simonds created a naturalistic landscape for the parkway. As part of the design, several bridges were erected or reconstructed, and a lock was built at the Mendota outlet for boat passage between the lakes. The parkway was completed in 1906.