The owners and operators of the new Station Park shopping and office complex in Farmington unveiled a multimillion-dollar show fountain Friday that brings a small taste of Disneyland to Utah.
The fountain is a 5,000-square-foot showpiece that has two pools connected by a waterfall and 59 computer-controlled nozzles that shoot water 30 feet to 60 feet in the air to songs by artists such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé.
The feature is in a park in front of the Cinemark Theaters on the south end of the open-air shopping complex.
Like the famed "World of Color" fountain show at the California Adventure Park, which is part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., the Station Park fountain has colored LED lights in each of the nozzles that can shine on the glistening streams of water. Part of the equipment for the Station Park fountain was actually built by the same company that worked on Disney's "World of Color."
"It's an incredible dance of water and light," said Craig Trottier, vice president of development for CenterCal Properties, the developer and owner of Station Park. "It's unlike anything you've seen unless you've been to Disneyland and seen the 'World of Color.' It's a really intense show."
Each of the fountain's 59 water nozzles contains a circle of LED lights that are capable of displaying 3 million colors. Six of those nozzles can move along three axes. Powering the fountain is a "vault" underneath the park that houses computers and water pumps that push through 43,000 gallons of water.
The structure produces one show every hour by playing one of more than 10 choreographed songs, including The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," Frank Sinatra's "I Could Have Danced All Night" or the opera classic "La Bohème." The fountain will be operational from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
Station Park officials also unveiled six bronze statues from sculptor Brian Keith that are positioned in and around the fountains.
The new features are part of the 67-acre complex that ultimately will house more than 130 stores and restaurants, an open-air ice skating rink, and a 110-room hotel. More than 30 stores are open, as well as five eateries. Four more restaurants Roxberry, Subway, ParkStone Wood Kitchen & Bar and Sushi Monster will open in the next month. Two retailers, Famous Footwear and Dollar Cuts, as well as Monarch Dental, also will open in the next 30 days. In all, another 100 stores will open in the next year.
Station Park, which is at the intersection of I-15, Highway 89 and Legacy Parkway, is the second open-air shopping complex to debut a fountain this year in Utah. The City Creek project in downtown Salt Lake City features three fountains on its property.
"We believe it [the fountain] is a worthy investment to differentiate [the complex] from the everyday shopping," Trottier said. "We're trying to create an experience, not just shopping."
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Retailers coming to Station Park
These recently announced retailers will be moving into the Station Park complex in Farmington by the first quarter of 2013, some as early as within a month.
Fashion • H&M, Zumiez, Torrid, Famous Footwear, Claire's, Francesca's Collections, Republic of Couture, Charming Charlie.
Restaurants • Sushi Monster, ParkStone Wood Kitchen & Bar, Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar, Bandidos, The Melty Way, Roxberry and Subway.