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Not all fountains have a spoken name. But here in Switzerland they usually have the bodied year engraved on it. I usually set name to this year (eg. name=1901). Should I add a hint? --Andy 19:46, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Use inscription=* and start_date=* for this.--Jojo4u (talk) 08:26, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Sprinklers and water games

Would this encompass fountain-like structures that are, in fact, water games where people are not allowed but expected to get themselves wet? What about the closely related wading-pools? I would personally not tag one as sport=swimming as I would a normal public pool. Circeus 19:35, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

A splash pad is a class of water game fountain that appears to be replacing wading pools in my area. Wading pools and public water seem to have fallen out of favour with the rise of West Nile Disease.

A splash pad is a concrete play area, with drainage. The play area holds one or more fountain heads that are normally off. The fountains can be triggered by a button for a short period of time. I've seen these most often used by parents (at the dry button location) with small children (frolicking in the fountain).

I used these tags.

User:Rw 20:44, 1 September 2010

Can you provide a picture? - User:Lulu-Ann - 09:29, 2 September 2010

suggest node but not area

I suggest this tag should apply to nodes not areas, at least in the vast majority of cases. After all the water spurts out a particular point. Often in ornamental gardens you'll have an interesting shaped area of water (could tag as natural=water) with a fountain at a particular point within this area.

The only reason for tagging an area with amenity=fountain might be to represent a very large stone statue type fountain. Again this would be sitting in an area of water.

I propose adding the text. "Most fountains should be tagged as nodes representing the location of the fountain sitting within an area of natural=water"

-- Harry Wood 10:57, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

An alternative might be landuse=basin. --Gkai 21:45, 11 February 2010 (UTC)
Yes, a fountain is usually not in "natural water"! --Lulu-Ann 15:05, 12 February 2010 (UTC)
You mean it's in unnatural water? ;) --EdLoach 15:52, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
There are many fountains with 2+ nozzles. But each fountain has one name. So a fountain should be defined as the whole thing including water. Osm-Carto has been changed accordingly: (talk) 08:28, 29 September 2015 (UTC)