Rain is in the forecast, so you may want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine while you can. Where can you walk? Come to downtown Fort Worth to enjoy a very special city park. It’s a quiet place to reflect and rejuvenate the spirit, set aside from the hustle and bustle of downtown city life–Fort Worth’s Water Gardens.
There are four aspects of this area that you may want to explore. If you enter on the Houston Street side across from the Omni Hotel and behind/in front of the Convention Center, to the right, you’ll see the shallow cypress-shaded reflection pool. This area is enclosed, you’ll need to go down a stairway, by 12-feet high concrete walls with water flowing over them. Reminds me of mini waterfalls. In the summer, it’s a cool place; in other seasons, it’s a quiet place to sit with a book or just your thoughts.
“Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself,” penned by Sir Thomas Browne, English physician and writer (1605-1682). During the business of living when you have demands on your time and energy, you may want to carve out a half hour to spend in the Water Gardens.
To your left is the aeration pool with sprays of water that excite the senses and captivate the imagination. The variety and force varies, so you can catch an entire cycle or two. Here’s a place to let your mind race, to enjoy nature, and to be invigorated.
The Canyon is a feature that challenges you physically and mentally. If you like, you can walk down concrete blocks/steps to the bottom, revel in the water’s power as it flows from street level down to the bottom. Sorta like the Colorado River/Grand Canyon experience as you look up at cliffs. Tragedy struck here in its pool when three children and an adult drown in 2004. There are plaques honoring people who died here. I can’t go past without saying a prayer for their souls and their families. The place was closed after the accident, the site re-engineered to ensure no recurrence of the tragedy, and reopened. You’re safe, but you don’t want to get into the water–not here or in any pool in the Garden.
Not a water feature, but a climbing one, is the Mountain. Children especially like to go from street level to its peak. I’ve done the climb a few times, but really prefer to see others burn those calories.
Behind the Mountain is an open space where I’ve attended several activities. My favorite one was a free yoga event with over a hundred people with mats and water. Fun.
There is no admission charge to visit the Water Gardens–all free.
Annie Ambles in downtown Fort Worth to the Water Gardens