Town Square Plaza
||FOUNTAIN STATUS: June 28 - The larger jet spray fountains are operating. The floating sphere and smaller spray fountains are being repaired. Thank you for your patience during this needed maintenance.
Status updates will be posted here, so please check back! Thank you.
2nd Avenue S and W Smith Street
This award-winning open plaza is in the heart of downtown Kent. The popular community gathering space features an array of spray fountains surrounding the centerpiece - a 6-1/2 ton "floating" granite sphere. Other amenities include public art and seasonal restrooms, and Kent Station transit hub is 1 block away. Also nearby are many civic, retail, and commercial services.
Special thanks to the Rotary clubs for donating the sphere and to Seattle Solstice for constructing the sphere:
The sphere at Town Square Plaza, near Kent Station, was donated by the Rotary Clubs of Kent on the occasion of Rotary International’s 100th anniversary.
Party at the Plaza from Kent TV21 on Vimeo.
History of the Rotary International Centennial Sphere
The 6-1/2 ton polished sphere was produced from a 20-ton quarry block of green granite from India.
It sits on a granite base quarried in China. Both were fabricated by Seattle Solstice using equipment created specifically to create floating, spherical fountains.
Kent’s sphere is the largest west of the Mississippi, yet rotates on 15 pounds per square inch of water, roughly the amount of water pressure from an ordinary garden hose.
The granite sphere was a gift to the City of Kent from the Rotary Club of Kent and the Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in 2005.
Valued at over $500,000, it took two years to fabricate. Stuart Kendall of Seattle Solstice made a large in-kind contribution to honor his uncle and grandfather, who were lifelong Rotarians.