Friends of the Electric Fountain

The entirely NEW Prismatic Electric Fountain
Denver, Colorado ~ City Park ~ Ferril Lake ~ Dedicated August 19, 2008

The 2008 Electric Fountain was dedicated on August 19, 2008 and it delighted visitors attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver with exciting displays of water in motion and colored light, just as the 1908 fountain did 100 years ago.

The name "Electric Fountain" was given to a number of fountains built when the age of electricity was young and arc lights were first used to illuminate them. Some of these Electric Fountains were designed by a brilliant electrical engineer and inventor by the name of F.W. Darlington. Research has uncovered fountains designed by Darlington as early as 1896. Newspaper accounts refer to "polychrome lighting" in the glowing descriptions of the dramatic new lighting effects.

However, the Electric Fountain in Ferril Lake at Denver City Park seems to be the only one to have the word "Prismatic" added to the name. The first place this terminology showed up is in the Denver Municipal Facts issue of May 22, 1909, a publication of the City of Denver. Early post cards like the one above, illustrated (with some careful air-brushing and coloring) the rainbow of colored lighting effects on the water, as if generated by sunlight shining through a prism.

Notice: This web site and its contents are produced by Larry Kerecman, founder of the Friends of the Electric Fountain, to disseminate information about the Electric Fountain in Ferril Lake at City Park in Denver, Colorado. This is not an official web site of the City and County of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation, which owns and operates the Electric Fountain.

»Today at the Fountain
The Electric Fountain was turned off for the season on October 1st. We expect it to be back on in Mid-May, 2015.
Today is: 3/27/2015
Sunset today: 7:20 pm
»Support the Fountain
We need your help to finish rebuilding the Electric Fountain and to provide for its maintenance!
»News From the Fountain
7/18/2013 - Call 311 to report problems with the fountain The operation and maintenance of the Electric Fountain is now totally in the hands of Denver Parks and Recreation. The Facilities Maintenance division takes care of all fountains in Denver city parks. If you see a problem with the operation of the fountain, you can call 311 to report it.
»What's New on this Website
Last Update: 10/1/2014
• Announced the end of the season shutdown on October 1st.
• Updated the fountain schedule page to reflect the fact that Denver Parks and Recreation has not allocated money to fix the fountain lights so the fountain is still dark at night.
• Fountain startup on May 16 without lights; new blog post.
»Electric Fountain Blog
10/4/2014 - 2014 Fall shutdown Due to more personnel changes at Denver Parks and Recreation I once again assisted with the fall shutdown of the Electric...
5/13/2014 - Electric Fountain turned on early for Colfax Marathon The Electric Fountain water features will be turned on Friday, May 16 in time for the Colfax Marathon. Because there is an...
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