Feel refreshed, invigorated and amazed at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, a pretty, modernist sculpture and water park in the heart of the city. The series of waterfalls, pools, sprays and cascades were designed to provide a beautiful oasis for the people of Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth Water Park opened in 1974 on derelict land which had once been nicknamed Hell’s Half-Acre for its unsavory goings-on. It was designed by Phillip Johnson and was gifted to the city by the Amon Carter Foundation. Make it a stop on your visit to Fort Worth and appreciate the architectural and engineering marvel in all its glory.
Wander through this urban park and notice the pretty surroundings. The park was designed to provide spaces for everyone: open, closed, sunken, raised, private and public.
There are three main pools, each emanating a different feeling. Waterfalls pour down the walls of the Quiet Pool, which is surrounded by cypress trees, while the aeration pool or Dancing Pool comprises 40 nozzles spraying 871 gallons (3,300 liters) of water every minute. Together they create the impression of a misty water bridge.
The most glorious aspect of the park, however, is the Active Pool. Watch as water pours down steep stone steps to a 40-foot-deep (12-meter) gorge below. Walk along the elevated walkway and free-standing steps for an exhilarating experience. Interestingly, the futuristic look of the pool was used in the filming of the science fiction movie Logan’s Run.
Enjoy a pleasant afternoon exploring the huge park and discovering its fascinating engineering. There are walkways to amble along, terraces from which to get a better view and a central plaza. In the middle of the park is a large concrete mountain designed in a truly modernist style.
The Fort Worth Water Gardens are located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Visit at any time. The public gardens are open free of charge year-round. Find good access by public transportation or drive and use the metered parking available nearby.