Local architect John Manuel was selected to design the fountain. Manuel also designed structures at the University of Manitoba and was active in the Manitoba Association of Architects before relocating to Alberta in 1927 to direct construction of Canadian Pacific Railway hotels at Banff and Lake Louise.
The Waddell Fountain is a rare example of High Victorian style in Manitoba and is based on the 1844 Gothic Revival monument in Edinburgh to Romantic poet Sir Walter Scott." -Manitoba Historical Society
Funding of $600,000 will support the restoration of the Waddell Fountain, built as a memorial in 1913 by the husband of Emily Margaret Waddell. It was a prominent feature of Central Park, but has deteriorated and has not been working for several years. The Waddell Fountain is a Grade II listed structure under the City of Winnipeg’s Historic Buildings By Law and is also a Provincial Heritage Site. The fountain will be restored to its former state." -Western Economic Diversification Canada"