Fountain Hills

Gold Canyon, Arizona

We took a short drive yesterday to the city of Fountain Hills.


Fountain Hills was a cattle ranch prior to being established in 1970 as a master planned community. The community was designed by Charles Wood, Jr. who designed Disneyland.

Fountain Hills is very beautiful. It is surrounded by mountains and lots of green desert terrain. There are a half dozen golf courses in the area all of which were getting lots of play even thought it was Christmas Day!

The centerpiece of Fountain Hills is its beautiful fountain; one of the world’s tallest man-made fountains. It serves as a focal point for the community and attracts thousands of visitors each year.


The fountain, driven by three 600 horsepower turbine pumps, sprays water at a rate of 7,000 gallons per minute though an 18-inch nozzle. With all three pumps and under ideal conditions, the fountain reaches 560 feet in height, though in normal operation only two of the pumps are used, with a fountain height of around 300 feet. When built, it was the world’s tallest fountain and held that record for over a decade. (My guess is someone from Las Vegas came and took a look and said, “Heck, we can go higher than that!”)

There are multiple pieces of artwork throughout the park surrounding the lake and the fountain.



There is a wonderful section honoring veterans and the USS Arizona.


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset December 25, 2014, in honor of United States Army Specialist Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona.

1225141148bI’m always excited when I see twins, and these little guys were so incredibly cute in their Christmas gear. Mom tried to get them to stay still for two minutes so I could take a better picture, but there was way too much for them to see at the park.

1225141155The lake water and fountain water had a bit of a green tinge to it. Several signs proclaimed that the water in the lake and used to water the grass is reclaimed water.

1225141158I’m pretty sure it’s green from hundreds of coots pooping in the lake and on the sidewalk.

Ooh, and on the way to Fountain Hills we passed by beautiful Saguaro Lake.


6 thoughts on “Fountain Hills”

  1. I was hoping at the end you would tell us where the tallest fountain is! I will have to since I’m am curious if it is in Las Vegas! My guess might be Dubi. Those twins are adorable!


  2. Here are the top five (as of 2009) just for you, Lorraine. 🙂

    King Fahad Fountain

    King Fahad fountain also called Jaddah fountain is tallest fountain of the world. Constructed in 1980 it raises water 260 meters (853 feet) above the sea level and is visible throughout the Jeddah city. It uses saltwater from Red Sea instead of fresh water.

    Gateway Gayser

    Located on Mississippi River Gateway Gayser is world’s second tallest fountain. Constructed in 1995, it raises water up to 630 feet high.

    KPT Fountain Karachi

    World’s third tallest fountain is KPT fountain Karachi, Pakistan. Constructed in 2005 it jets water up to 620 feet above the sea level.

    Arizona Fountain

    World’s fourth tallest fountain is located in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Constructed in 1979 it raises water up to 560 feet.

    Jet d’Eau Switzerland

    Jet d’Eau located in Genevoa, Switzerland is the world’s fifth tallest fountain of the world. It is also one of the largest fountains of the world.


  3. I love seeing twins too! I talked to the new librarian at CCHS my last day, and she has twin boys, has siblings who went to Snows, and one of her brother lives on Andromeda Way! And she used to go to the Lander Street store!

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