Spring has sprung — and with it — the Uncle Wilber Fountain

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Colorado Springs is celebrating the seasonal opening of the Uncle Wilber Fountain downtown in Acacia Park with much hoopla, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23.

Opening day festivities are free and include live entertainment, Josh & John’s ice cream, grilled food and Uncle Wilber merchandise.

Manitou Art Theatre will present The Incredible Circuit MAT, and Kat Tudor will present WeeBee Yoga for Kids.

The fountain is popular with families – and children, who run gleefully, shouting and squealing, through the water.

Uncle Wilber was a gift to the city from the Smokebrush Gallery, but maintenance and operation costs are publicly supported.

Custom granite tiles, which support the fountain operations, will be sold for $500, instead of $2,000, during May.

The fountain has 52 vertical pop jets, dozens of colorful fiber-optic lights, 200 streams of water, and a water-themed riddle that can only be solved by ducking beneath the waterfall, which cascades from the dome.

Uncle Wilber is also on Facebook: to search and join, visit Facebook and enter, “Friends of Uncle Wilber Fountain.”

For more information about the tiles, e-mail friendsofthefountainfund@gmail.com
To donate, visit www.ppcf.org