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KC’s Founding Father and Early Trading Partners to be Honored with Historical and Educational Fountain

The Kansas City City Council and Mayor Sly James approved a resolution last Thursday sponsored by 1st District Councilwoman Heather Hall. The fountain will be located in the southern portion of Kansas City’s 1st District on the west side of Chouteau Parkway, south of I-35, north of Parvin Road and adjacent to the Chouteau Rain Gardens.

A group called the Chouteau Fountain Founders in working with the City of Fountains Foundation to raise private funds and other grants to underwrite the educational, historical and multicultural monument to Kansas City’s earliest history.

Early in 2016, the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department conducted a study to determine a suitable site, then partnered with Landworks Studio to develop a design and landscape treatment. The KC Parks Board of Commissioners and KC Municipal Arts Council reviewed and endorsed the project.

Local sculptor Kwan Wu, who created the beloved George Brett statue at Kaufman Stadium, will create the larger-than-life statues of Chouteau and his Native American trading partners which will sit atop the 8-foot tall limestone bluffs and overlook a recreation of the Missouri River.

To contribute to the Chouteau fountain, go to www.kcfountains.org. To follow its progress, go to www.facebook.com/ChouteauHeritageFountain/

This is a press release from Councilwoman Heather Hall’s office. Read the story we published on the Chouteau Heritage Fountain by clicking HERE. The story also features an animated video that previews what the fountain will look like.

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