Cowles Commons Lauridsen Fountain

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If you’re looking for a place to let the kids cool off downtown, the Lauridsen Fountain at Cowles Commons is a fun place to play! The big balloon structure in the back is not normally there, that was the Luminarium – “Arboria”event last summer, but there are lots of trees and flowers to check out all the time.

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Name: Cowles Commons Lauridsen Fountain
Address: 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Type: Places to get wet
Bathrooms: No
Shade: No
Playground: No
Trails: No
Water: Yes, zero-depth fountain/splash pad
Other notes: Large umbrella sculpture “Crusoe Umbrella”. Overview of the commons in a graphic found here.
Official Website:
DSMOF Blog posts:
Other things nearby of note:

Rules and hours found here!
If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back-in with the interactive map!


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