Fort Worth Water Gardens. Urban Park in Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Water Gardens

Urban Park in Fort Worth, Texas

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Water Garden at Night - Fort Worth Water Gardens. Photo by Cliff Baise
Fort Worth Water Gardens is a modern architectural oasis located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The urban park was built in 1974 and stretches over 4.3 acres of land, consisting of three pools of water and a terraced knoll. The water gardens is considered a hidden gem within the city and definitely one of the most unique parks in the whole country.

The water gardens is swarmed by towering skyscrapers and a busy, urban environment, but still manages to be a relaxing sanctuary for the professionals and the locals. This feat was made possible by the two distinguished New York-based architects who were commissioned to design the park, Philip Johnson and John Burgee. The two architects were hired by the Amon G. Carter Foundation to create a modern plaza in the heart of downtown. The park was dedicated to the city of Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth Water Gardens - Fort Worth Water Gardens. Photo by @neotsn

Visiting

The Fort Worth Water Gardens is open daily, from 7AM to 10PM. There is no admission charge and also no designated parking space. Guests can park anywhere around the park, and also across at the Fort Worth Convention Center (Wikipedia Article). After 6PM, the downtown area parking is free, and most people go there after sunset to avoid the daylight heat. The water gardens is also known to be a spectacular attraction at night. The entire park is divided into 4 spaces or sections, each having its own unique feature and distinct character – the meditation pool, the aeration pool, the active pool, and the mountain.

Meditation Pool

The meditation pool, or most commonly known as the “Quiet Pool”, is a serene and calm sanctuary inside the concrete oasis where visitors can take a break, read a book, and be fascinated with the beauty of silence. The water in the large, rectangular pool cascade down its smooth walls, creating a gentle rain shower. The entire area is also surrounded by tall cypress trees, sheltering the walkway from the scorching heat of the Texan sun. Definitely the perfect place to relax and gather your thoughts.

Aeration Pool

Just a few steps away from the mediation pool is the aeration pool, an artistic array of sprinklers spewing 871 gallons of water every minute. The mist created by multiple illuminated spray fountains in the pool which leave guests in awe as it displays an illusion of a water bridge going from one end to the other. The aeration pool is surrounded by large oak trees, shading most of the area. During the evening, the pool comes alive with the changing colors of the LED lights embedded in the fountains.
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Fort Worth Water Gardens - Fort Worth Water Gardens. Photo by Michael Stephens


The Mountain

A tall, concrete, man-made mountain with narrow ledges, created to simulate the feeling of climbing and rewarding its conqueror with a wide panoramic view of the cityscape. Right before the mountain is a wide, open plaza were most events and concerts are held within the water gardens.

The Active Pool

Definitely the main centerpiece of the water gardens, the active pool, dubbed as the waterfall in the city, is a series of 38-foot steps and platforms that are arranged into a vortex with some interesting water features. The entire artistic architecture is a modern masterpiece with thousands of gallons of water cascading from 12 meter into a deep center pool. The active pool was designed to let people walk down the terraced steps and feel the tremendous sounds and power of the gushing water surrounding them.

Controversy

The water gardens was temporarily closed due to a freak accident that killed four people in 2004. Due to a recirculating pump malfunction and heavy rains, the water in the center pool rose to an unusual level and drowned three children and one adult. One of the children fell from the steps and the other two tried to help, eventually falling also. An adult tried to save all of them but unfortunately failed and drowned with them.

In 2007, the water gardens reopened after enforcing safety measures. The depth of the center pool is now reduced from 2.7 meter down to 0.6 meter. Beside the active pool’s steps is a memorial dedicated to the lives lost in 2004.

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Fort Worth Water Gardens 3, Fort Worth, Texas - Fort Worth Water Gardens. Photo by Nicolas Henderson

Getting There

The water gardens is located at 1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, across the Tarrant County College District and the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Interstate 30 is also visible from the water gardens. . The Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center (Wikipedia Article) (ITC) Station is where buses and rail (TRE – Trinity Railway Express) meet. The station is also the largest bus transfer station and is just a few blocks away from the Fort Worth Water Gardens and the Convention Center. Most bus (The T) routes depart from any key points in the city intersect in downtown Fort Worth through the ICT station, making it easy for tourists to visit the historic tourist attraction.

From the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, you can either take a taxi ride directly to the water gardens or take the Trinity Railway Express to the ICT station in downtown.

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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Jan 18, 2015

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