New landmark in Yuma’s historic downtown

News 11’s Adonis Albright speaks to Yuma City’s Parks & Rec Director about the new project

YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – A new project is scheduled to begin in historic downtown Yuma to replace the fountain that has been one of several attractions for more than a decade. The city of Yuma has allocated US $ 10,000 to build a new project. Construction is expected to start in June.

“At the end of 2020, the Department of Arts and Culture of Yuma City began an open recruitment for anyone interested in producing and building this fountain. Now, in May 2021, that process is complete. Here in the next few days The Hopefully construction will begin with a grand opening, “said Jason Nau, Park & ​​Rec Director, Yuma City.

The original fountain at 224 S. Main St. began to fall apart last year, and the city began submitting proposals for concepts to replace it. Corey Cowan, who holds a Mechanical of Yuma degree, was selected as a finalist.

Concept art for the new fountain in Yuma’s historic downtown

“Corey Cowan, who is in charge – not only will he be able to turn the project around so quickly, but he chose to make sure that the money budgeted for this well – he will do it for free to make this one.” Money can be used for a new art project in our community. ”

The project will include a metal saguaro cactus approximately 20 feet long, as well as a prickly pear cactus. As shown in the concept art above, the fountain will also be surrounded by rocks. According to Nau, this piece will best represent the desert environment of the city for which it is known.

“I think the community was very excited to have another piece of art, something that is an icon for them to enjoy and showcase. When people come to Yuma, one of the things we are known for is our public art, and this fountain will continue with this great story that we are trying to share with the community and visitors, “Nau said.

Construction work on the project is expected to take only a few weeks and will be completed by the end of June.

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