Washing Away Your Cares at an Urban Waterfall in Seattle, Washington
Before you see it, before you even realize it's there, you hear it: the unmistakable sound of a waterfall standing out from the discordant chorus of urban noise. At first glance, there don't seem to be any parks or streams here in the Pioneer Square area just south of downtown Seattle. But there it is, hidden behind a tall wooden fence and seemingly shoehorned into the streetscape: the tiny-but-lush Waterfall Garden Park. Walk in—it's free—and you'll find inspiration and tranquility in equal measure, with spare, Japanese-inspired landscaping; a multi-level brick terrace with plenty of places to sit; and a 22-foot cascade of water pouring over granite boulders. It seems tailor-made for contemplation and relaxation, a sort of filling station for the urban soul—spend a just few minutes here and you'll feel rejuvenated, the cares and bustle of city life seeming to wash away with the water.
- Clarke Beattie Hard to imagine I've lived in Seattle for 10+ years and never even heard of this place! Where is my hed? (And my camera!) First place I'm going to head for when I return next month, thanks Josh