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Belle Isle's James Scott Memorial Fountain closed for repairs

Due to a recent mechanical failure that was caused by flooding in the underground tunnel, the James Scott Memorial Fountain at Belle Isle Park in Detroit is temporarily down – a closure that is expected to last until the end of August.

In mid-July, a failed 4-inch water pipe shut-off valve caused flooding that damaged several newer electrical components related to the fountain's circulation and filtration system.  

Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff were able to pump and dry out the underground mechanical tunnel, and electricians have been working on repairs. Unfortunately, the repairs will be delayed because some of the parts are not available for several weeks.

"The James Scott Memorial Fountain is one of the more iconic attractions in the park," said Thomas Bissett, urban district supervisor for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. "We're working as quickly as we can to get the fountain back in operation so visitors can enjoy this historic landmark."

Belle Isle Park, a 982-acre island park located on the Detroit River near downtown Detroit, is home to the James Scott Memorial Fountain, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, a golf range and many more attractions. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, bicycling, kayaking and swimming. Visit for more information.

Find the latest details on closures at all DNR facilities and additional information on these enhancement projects at

For more information, contact Thomas Bissett at 248-431-6509 or

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