COLUMBIA SPRINGS, Mont.
(AP) Montanans have a love affair with their favourite springs, so it was no surprise that the country’s famous blue springs were the first to get a facelift this spring.
The first new water feature in the city’s waters for more than a century opened Monday at Lake Powell.
The new “Springwater” feature is a floating platform that floats above a small lake, where visitors can watch the blue water flow.
“We wanted to have a natural spring experience for our city and to make sure the city gets the best of what Montanascans love about our springs,” said Laura Williams, a spokeswoman for the Montanawas Water District.
Included with the $10 admission is a photo of a spring from a local photographer, and a water sculpture that depicts the spring as a blue sea.
The sculpture is located on the edge of the lake, so visitors can get a better view of the spring.
A visitor walks along a walkway in the Blue Water Spring in Montrose, Texas, March 20, 2018.
The park is also featuring the “Blue Water Trail,” a four-mile route through the Blue River that connects the city of Fort Worth with the city that hosts the citywide water park.
Montanawans are familiar with the Blue Springs from their summer vacations, where the water cascades down the sides of the hill and is then mixed with sand.
However, visitors will soon be able to see a new attraction in the springs, one that has a history that dates back to the 1850s.
The Springwater attraction was built in the 1890s by the city and a private company.
The Blue Water Trail was created by the Blue Waters Association of Mont.
But when the Blue Rivers Association and Montanas Water Department agreed to build a water park in 2010, they wanted to keep the original feature in place.
When it came time to remodel the Blue Spring, the city looked to the Blue Surfer Springs as an alternative, said Donna Glynn, the water district’s director of facilities.
As the Blue Stream, Blue Water and Blue Spring features were all built, they needed to keep all the parts that made them unique.
“The Blue Surfers were the perfect match for the Blue Fall, so we were able to reuse the design of the Blue Wave,” Glynn said.
The Spring Water attraction was the first of its kind in the United States.
There are more than 100 water features across the country, including several in cities across the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, according to the website Water Adventure.
The Spring Water is one of only a handful of natural springs in the world that are in the water-based tourist attraction.
“We have a history here in the region and have a beautiful natural spring,” Williams said.
“It is a unique place to visit.”
There is a $10 fee for entry to the Spring Water and a $5 entrance fee for the blue-water-themed attraction.
There is also a water taxi service, which will take visitors to the park and back to their hotel.