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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)


Currently carto renders amenity=fountain as an icon. Either on a node, or in the center of a closed way. No outline. No color. In other maps, ornamental fountains are often drawn with a light shade of blue, much like any other body of water. Mappers, thus, often use this tag in combination with others that allow for such rendering. Typically, this would be natural=water. This creates a conflict of tags for some quality tools (like osmose). Among proposals, fixes, issues, and a host of comments in talk lists, I don't seem to find any consensus on what is the correct usage.

Any pointers?. Should it be warned in the page that mapping the basin will produce an icon in the middle of nowhere? Dazerine (talk) 20:33, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

the current suggestion of the rendering team is to map the water covered parts with natural=water (a fountain often has also other parts like sculptures. Don’t know which check osmose performs in this context, maybe it has to be changed? —Dieterdreist (talk) 20:54, 17 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. Is there any place where these render suggestions are recorded, for future reference?. As for Osmose, it throws a "Conflict between tags: such, such" (which ranks highest) whenever some object has the key amenity along with keys like landuse or natural. Both can be seen in the gardens of Versailles.Dazerine (talk) 22:12, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

Why is this amenity=fountain and not man_made=fountain

Wouldn't man_made be more in style with how other tags work on Openstreetmap? Because being a "fountain" is not really a service. A fountain is a constructed object. That'd also have the additional benefit that you could tag merely decorative fountains with only man_made=fountain, merely functional water dispensers with amenity=drinking_water, and things that are both decorative and dispense drinking water with both tags at once. --Taktaal (talk) 18:42, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Not sure about original reasoning, but it is too late to change it. Benefits would be tiny (for similar case where benefits would be greater see highway=road vs highway=unclassified mess) Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 21:31, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Location of water exit points?

The amenity=fountain should represent the fountain as a whole. But is there a solution for additionally mapping the locations of individual nozzles? --Tordanik 22:05, 29 November 2019 (UTC)