Crews have prepped the fountain for another year and opening weekend of shows, with the second performance at 10 tonight.
“It has been a lot of work this spring,” Grand Haven Facilities Manager Dan Vivian said. “It should be good to go.”
Last year, the fountain received new plumbing and LED lights to mark a half-century of dazzling waterfront spectators.
“Last year, we celebrated the 50th year, and that’s kind of carrying over to this year because the upgrades are continuing,” Musical Fountain Board Member Marci Cisneros said.
To continue the improvements this offseason, the fountain’s computerized control systems were redone.
“We have been testing that, troubleshooting and working out the bugs,” Vivian said. “That has been the bulk of the work this spring.”
There’s been plenty of support in getting the new technology put into place. Grand Valley State University engineering students installed the new programming that operates the fountain.
According to Cisneros and Vivian, GVSU adjunct engineering professor Terry Stevens was contacted by the city to help retrofit the fountain. It was Stevens who performed the first fountain upgrade 30 years ago.
GVSU students worked to create a new control panel that allows old songs and functionality to be used in a new system.
“There was dozens and dozens — probably hundreds — of hours spent by volunteers to program it and test it,” Vivian said.
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