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Merriam Bear Pit Fountain

Merriam Bear Pit Fountain

This multi-level, multi-feature fountain is located along Shawnee Mission Parkway in Merriam just east of Interstate 35. It starts up by Shawnee Mission Parkway with a large pool with four bubblers in it and a sign for the City of Merriam across the top.

Our History

The City of Fountains Foundation (COFF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to promote and advocate for public fountains, sculptures and monuments in the Kansas City area. The Foundation assists in the development of public fountain and sculpture projects; and raises funds and holds endowments to help maintain, acquire, construct, relocate and conserve these landmarks for which Kansas City is famous.

Events & Outreach


Celebrate Kansas City’s Fountains Through Your Lens!

Are you an artist or photographer with a passion for capturing the beauty of Kansas City’s historic fountains?

The City of Fountains Foundation invites you to be part of a unique opportunity to showcase your talent while contributing to the preservation of these iconic landmarks.

2023 KC Fountain Bus Tours

That’s a wrap on our City of Fountains Foundation 50th Anniversary bus tours!

A huge shout out to Agenda: USA for the bus and to our fantastic driver, Rick, for getting our passengers around the city safely. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

And a special thank you to the 237 passengers who particiapted in our 50th Anniversary bus tours!

Dive into Art, Keep the Fountains Flowing

Discover the beauty of art while making a splash for a great cause!

The City of Fountains Foundation is thrilled to announce our exclusive raffle featuring stunning J.R. Hamil fine art prints. By participating, you’re not only entering to win a remarkable piece of art but also contributing to the preservation and revitalization of Kansas City’s iconic fountains.

Sculptures & Monuments

Frank S. Land Memorial

Frank S. Land Memorial

This memorial was created by the International Order of DeMolay to honor its founder, Frank S. Land. After Land’s death in 1959, a committee was assembled to determine the best way to honor him. $20,000 was raised by DeMolay members for the creation of this memorial, which resembles a large tombstone, and a fountain. The memorial is made of pink granite and has a bronze bust of Frank S. Land on the left side.

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Fountain City Wheat by KC Bier Co

To support the preservation of Kansas City’s fountains, KC Bier Co will donate a portion of the bier’s proceeds to the City of Fountains Foundation.

The special packaging for Fountain City Wheat features four fountains from around the Kansas City area, as well as a map of Kansas City’s fountains. Vanguard Packaging collaborated on the package production, and graciously donated part of the cost of materials in support of the fundraiser.

Fountain City Wheat is available at Kansas City Metro area and Lawrence, Kansas retail locations in 6-packs and on draught while supplies last.

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Fountain Partners

Barnes & Noble
KC Bier Co.
Helen S. Boylan Foundation
Mason L. Dean Testamentary Foundation
Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation
Alex Hamil
Roy Inman
Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation
The Kansas City Royals
Made in Kansas City
Rally House
Seen Merch
Irma Starr

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