The fountain (185 x 60 feet) is covered by a thin scrim of water with programmable three-foot-high spouts that create a dancing water feature throughout. Sections of the fountain can be turned partially or completely off to allow for concerts or events. Rainwater is captured on site and stored in a cistern below the park to feed the fountain and to support the park's landscaping irrigation system.
The fountain operates seasonally, weather permitting. The fountain has closed for the season, and will delight visitors of all ages once again this spring.
Pulse is a unique and interactive public art experience that is certain to become an iconic part of Philadelphia’s public landscape. The first phase of Janet Echelman’s innovative and immersive work of public art opened September 2018 and is being enjoyed by more than 30,000 people who visit Dilworth Park each weekday. Phase I—the green line—follows the trolley route that runs beneath the park. You can help us add the orange Broad Street Line and blue Market-Frankford Line to complete this new defining element of the Dilworth Park experience by making a gift online or by contacting Katie Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.440.5529.
Pulse operates seasonally April through October.
In October, the fountain at Dilworth Park is turned off for the season to begin installation of the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink. The fountain and subsurface reservoir and pumps are drained to prevent freezing and will remain dormant until spring.
The Center City District values the trust parents put in us to ensure the safety of water in our play fountains and follows industry-recommended best practices for proactive water-safety management at Sister Cities Park, Dilworth Park and John F. Collins Park.
CCD staff test the water features in our parks three times each day. Using a professional water-testing kit, recommended by water treatment experts Klenzoid Inc. of Conshohocken, CCD staff checks the cleanliness of the water as well as the presence of safe and appropriate levels of chlorine to prevent the growth of bacteria. If there are any imbalances or deficiencies in chlorine levels, CCD staff immediately addresses the situation on site.
Klenzoid is also under contract to visit each park twice a week, independently to take samples and send them to a certified laboratory to culture water samples to check for bacterial growth. Kits available in commercial stores can’t provide these laboratory tests that require several days of monitoring and evaluation. The results of these reports come directly back to CCD and if there are any problems, CCD staff takes immediate corrective action.
While we consistently work to maintain the highest levels of water safety in all of CCD-managed fountains and water features, each day hundreds of children of all ages, including toddlers in swim diapers, play in the Dilworth and Sister Cities fountains and in Sister Cities’ wading pool during the summer months.
Therefore, in addition to routine testing, CCD has assigned pond/fountain attendants to Sister Cities and Dilworth parks to ensure safe play in the water and who are directed to ask parents to promptly remove children from a fountain or water feature if they witness unsanitary situations or behaviors so the water feature can be briefly closed, cleaned and treated.
Please note that since the fountain water is chlorinated it may not be safe for pets.