New Gateway Waterfall Should Be Flowing Soon
By Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter
Construction on the renovated waterfall “gateway” to Rosemont at the northeast corner of River and Higgins roads should be completed by the end of this week, according to Rosemont Public Works Director Mike Raimondi.
The waterfall is expected to be turned on by Friday and run through the month of October before it is turned off for the winter.
“This week we’re completing some final work on the new waterfall such as finishing the concrete area, mulching the surrounding trees and bushes and power washing the area,” Raimondi said. “We should have it open and running by the end of this week Oct 2. We’ve been waiting for good weather.”
Over the past year, construction crews demolished most of the old waterfall while DiMeo Brothers replaced all of the plumbing that moves water throughout the fountain. Updating the pumping system aims to make the waterfall more energy efficient.
A small portion of a retaining wall along the Des Plaines River that backs up to the fountain was also removed and reinstalled.
“Village of Rosemont” lettering on the falls was also to be added.
Village officials said last year there was a need to upgrade the existing iconic waterfall, which has been operating for the last 20 years. Not only is it at the front door to Rosemont, but the waterfall was where many new brides and grooms had their photos taken.
When renovations began, village officials said they wanted to have more realistic-looking rocks replace the old ones, change the elevations of the rocks and create a more contained water flow with a different appearance.
Last October the village board approved a $72,195 proposal from Pro-Pump Inc. to remove, repair and reinstall the water pumps, one part of the overall project.
As for wedding photos, the Rosemont Park District charges $50 per half-hour for a permit to have photos taken at village sites. While construction on the new waterfall was taking place, other parks, such as the flower-laden Community Park behind the Westin Hotel, was available.
Park officials noted several permits were issued to newlyweds to have their photos taken at Community Park this past year.