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The Active Pool

The Active Pool

The Fort Worth Water Gardens, built in 1974, is located on the south end of downtown Fort Worth between Houston and Commerce Streets next to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The 4.3 acre (1.7 hectare) Water Gardens were designed by noted New York architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee and were dedicated to the City of Fort Worth by the Amon G. Carter Foundation.The main attraction of the Water Gardens is the active pool which has water cascading 38 feet (11 m) down terraces and steps into a small pool at the bottom.

The Active Pool is wild and turbulent, an urban imagining of waters’ course down a mountain. Beginning at the top with placid flows as if from melting ice, the west and north walls become steeper and the water’s flow more urgent. Sheets of water turn into streams and streams become crashing rivers that tumble into the frothing sea. A waterfall on the east crashes to the bottom over steep terraces.

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