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Rock Hill’s Fountain Park opens with a blast

Fountain Park’s fountain made its official debut in downtown Rock Hill Saturday morning, with a center stream of water bursting more than 120 feet into the air.

The dedication came on a gray, rainy day that dampened most of the other ChristmasVille activities.

The rain didn’t keep Kym and Steve Forsythe from the dedication. Just a few minutes after the countdown, they were the first people to toss coins into the fountain.

“We just threw coins in ... to make wishes for the future,” Kym Forsythe said.

The couple said they want Rock Hill to continue to grow and improve so their 4-year-old granddaughter and her children will be able to enjoy it one day.

The fountain features a 90-by-70-foot modified quatrefoil design with 16 inches of water depth. The recirculating fountain holds about 50,000 gallons of water, with 16 feature pumps totaling 318 horsepower.

There are 144 jets in five nozzle groups, all of which are governed by an anemometer to limit heights in windy conditions. If all nozzles run as high as possible, the recirculating fountain can put 10,000 gallons of water in the air per minute.

Park visitors can control eight of the nozzles by using a tablet or smart phone. To access those controls, log into the free Wi-Fi at the park and go to fountainparkrockhill.com.

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