Created to commemorate the birthplace of the United Parcel Service (UPS), Waterfall Garden Park is a private pocket park tucked away in an assuming corner of Main and Second Street. Designed by Sasaki, Dawson and DeMay—Masao Kinoshita of the Sasaki office served as the primary designer—Waterfall Garden Park may be small (it measures 60 by 80 feet), but the space imparts a strong, lasting impression.

A modern interpretation of a Japanese garden, the central feature of the park is the dramatic 22-foot high waterfall constructed of natural granite borders. Five thousand gallons of continuously filtered and recirculated water per minute cascade down the falls, a water feature channeling the precedent designs of Hideo Sasaki’s Greenacre Park as well as Zion & Breen's Paley Park in New York City. The waterfall runs year-round and is a safe and quiet haven for lunch goers; since the park is privately managed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a security guard is present during the park’s open hours, after which, the park is securely gated off by an iron fence.

There are two primary elevations within the park: an L-shaped upper terrace slightly raised above the surrounding street and a lower rectangular terrace directly adjacent to the central waterfall. Both terraces feature small movable chairs and tables with seasonal plants providing a soft contrast to the texture of the architectural granite, brick and steel. A stream runs the perimeter of the park, effectively surrounding visitors with the presence and sound of water.

An unexpected, but beautiful and compact garden in the historic district of Seattle, Waterfall Garden Park is the ultimate urban oasis. As many Seattle locals can attest, Pioneer Square and the surrounding area looks fairly rundown and dirty, however, step inside the garden gates and this park feels like a lush, secret garden. The roar of the waterfall drowns out urban noise, evergreen foliage obscures the streetscape, and this meticulously maintained space has a tranquil and calming effect. 

About the Journey:

Hi! My name is Lucy Wang and I'm a recent landscape architecture grad from the University of Maryland. I'm currently traveling the U.S. (and parts of Canada) by public transportation for the next several months in search of great, publicly-accessible landscape architecture sites, as well as landscape architecture firms and universities. I'll be sharing some of my favorite finds on Land8 along the way. For more information, check out my profile.  As always, feel free to leave a comment below!

Where I've been:

Tanner Springs Park, Portland

California Academy of Sciences Green Roof, San Francisco

Citygarden, St. Louis

Gary Comer Youth Center Green Roof, Chicago

Chop Stick, Indianapolis

Lafayette Greens, Downtown Detroit

Yorkville Park, Toronto

Receive the latest from Land8 via email: http://goo.gl/fEvxo

Views: 2997

Comment

You need to be a member of Land8 to add comments!

Join Land8

Comment by Brian Conkerton on March 6, 2013 at 11:50pm

A fantastic show of how wonderfully nature can be our inspiration for public places. I am sure that these parks inspire people as they set out to create there home gardens. Thank you Lucy!

Comment by Gareth K Wilson on January 28, 2013 at 12:36pm
I love this post the pictures are amazing I would love to view this garden! Seattle may be my next holiday destination!

New Jobs!

Members

Forum

Graphic Renderings - Best Software? 5 Replies

In the past I've used both M-Color and Illustrator to create high quality renderings with linework from CAD. Are there other programs (newer or better), to create renderings? I've heard Impressions, but have not used it yet. Would like see what…Continue

Tags: Art, graphic, design, Impressions, M-color

Started by Megan Morris in GRAPHICS. Last reply by J. Robert Wainner yesterday.

How long is a LARE exam result valid? 3 Replies

I passed a section of the LARE in 2015 but haven't had time to take another section since.  I can't find anywhere on the CLARB website, or anywhere else, how long the exam result is valid - anyone have any idea?  I don't want to wait too long to…Continue

Tags: CLARB, LARE

Started by Kristen Jackson in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Dennis J. Jarrard, PLA, CLARB yesterday.

Part time work 6 Replies

Has anyone done work on the side while working a full-time job? What types of jobs do you get? How do you balance the time?- BennettContinue

Started by BennettSmithhart in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Dennis J. Jarrard, PLA, CLARB yesterday.

Site Measuring Revisited Again 12 Replies

I've put up a couple of discussions in the past regarding tools and methods for site measuring to supplement a survey or for a small project. Back in November I saw the video below and decided to buy the Disto S910 because of its ability to export a…Continue

Started by Andrew Garulay, RLA in STORY BOARD. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA Feb 21.

© 2017   Created by Andrew Spiering.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service