The May 27 debut of the $90 million renovation of the fountain gardens at Longwood is quickly approaching, writes Erin Negley for Lancaster Online.
The restored gardens will wow visitors with water streams that will spin, spiral, and shoot up in the air. They are illuminated by 1,400 LED lights that can create infinite color combinations. To top it all off, some of the jets will incorporate propane flames.
Interestingly, the infrastructure and engineering that powers it all is out of sight, hidden deep underground. According to Paul Redman, Longwood’s President and CEO, the overhaul of the garden was long overdue.
“Almost like clockwork every year, we would have to unzip part of the garden, which of course caused a disruption to the garden experience,” he said.
When the time came for renovation, the decision was made to come up with a new system. Now, with the renovations almost complete, future repairs will be performed out of sight with the help of new underground tunnels.