For the first time in over two years, the water feature at Allen City Hall’s Civic Plaza is up and running. The limestone fountain known as "Stratum" was disabled in May 2013 as north Texas struggled with ongoing drought. During Stage 3 drought restrictions, operation of ornamental fountains is prohibited.
When drought restrictions were lifted in May, maintenance crews began the process of refilling "Stratum." They reinstalled a pump and cleared the trenches of leaves and other debris. By July 31, the fountain was fully operational—though conservation remained a priority.
“We are operating the fountain feature at a lower height to avoid excess evaporation and water loss from high winds,” said Brian Bristow, assistant director of Allen’s Parks and Recreation department. “We still don’t want to waste water.”
Created during the construction of City Hall, "Stratum" is one of Allen’s most visited pieces of public art. The plaza is dotted with benches and landscaped with native plants, offering visitors a quiet refuge steps away from busy McDermott Drive. It also serves as the backdrop for numerous city events, including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Eggcellent Family Adventure.