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In winter, the fountain will convert into an ice rink.
The fountain will be open by Memorial Day weekend, and construction on the south lawns starts this summer and will take about a year, Chase said.
The new wheel is still shorter than the original Ferris wheel, built by George Washing Gale Ferris Jr. The south side of the pier, the main outdoor promenade, has been redeveloped with an eye toward better views and access to the water for pedestrians.
Benches, boat tour kiosks and planters have been redesigned, and permeable pavers allow rainwater to be collected for irrigation.
The previous wheel, which had open gondolas, closed for the winter, but the new wheel will run year-round with air conditioning and heat.