Lowry Hill fountain is improved

Passersby at Seven Pools Fountain in Thomas Lowry Park may have noticed some recent work: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board spent $35,000 to install a recirculating water pump.

The fountain, at Douglas & Mt. Curve avenues, will pay for itself in less than four years, said Assistant Superintendent Michael Schmidt. The Park Board has been spending $10,000 a year on the fountain’s water and sewer fees.

The park features brick paths, a grape arbor and seven cascading pools with decorative trees and shrubs.

Park Board crews installed the pump and will test it before turning it off for the winter.