|Here's the centerpiece of the park. This is how Logan and Jessica get back into the domed (and doomed) city. I'm not sure how deep it is in the center, but in the movie the actors (or their doubles) were able to dive head-first.|
|In case you can't quite make it out, the
Note that the sign does not prohibit graffiti. Poor sign. At least the rest of the park was unmarred.
|As you can see here, the sides are all slightly angled. Remarkably, no one slipped and cracked their skull open while we were there.|
|This is a view from the opposite side as in the previous image.|
|Deeper into the park are more structures like that around the spiral pool shown above. Note that there are no absolutely sheer drops; all of the walls have at least a three or more inch ledge every twelve vertical inches or so.|
|A view from the top of the structure shown above. To the left is another pool, this time with sprinklers... which had the effect of keeping the waders at bay, at least while we were there.|
|I found it remarkable how these trees survived only a two or three foot wide opening through which to get water!|
|Here is yet another pool. This one is largely obscured by being recessed about twelve feet or so below the rest of the surrounding park.|
|The courtyard features physics-defying biker gangs that serve as deterrents against the ever-impending threat of mimes and folk musicians.|
|Finally, here's all you can see of the
park from the outside: just rock walls and some trees next to the convention
I would imagine this place is a haven for the homeless after dark as there was a guy filling up his water bottles (formerly Clorox bottles!) at a drinking fountain in the park while we were there.
Bonus points if you can spot Dani in this picture!
Four drown at Fort Worth Water Gardens
HoustonChronicle.com ^ | June 17, 2004 | ANGELA K. BROWN
FORT WORTH -- Three family members and a little girl from a Chicago church in town for a National Baptist Sunday School convention died Wednesday after they were found at the bottom of a deep pool at the Fort Worth Water Garden.
The Rev. Gerald M. Dew, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, identified the family as Myron Dukes, 35; Christopher Dukes, 13; and Lauren Dukes, 8. The name of an 11-year-old girl wasn't released pending notification of her family.
"I was screaming, `Somebody help! These kids are drowning,'" said witness Stephanie Johnson.
The three children were pronounced dead at Cook Children's Medical Center, spokeswoman Mary Kay Glass said. Myron Dukes was pronounced dead at another hospital, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Jesse Spann, a deacon with the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, said the four were members of his church. "We want to comfort one another. That's the only thing we can do right now," he said, his eyes wet with tears.
Witness accounts vary, but it appears the youngest child either jumped or slipped into the water. The other girl fell in when she tried to reach in and help her friend. The man and the teenage boy then jumped in to try and save the girls.
A pump at the bottom of the pool that pulls water up to a waterfall apparently created a suction that made rescues difficult.
According to a city official, they went
there in their in bathing suits. They went there to be idiots, and
now we have to deal with the consequences of their stupidity. In
30 years of the park being there, it took these morons to get themselves
killed to have it shut down.
As you can see, the portion of the water gardens containing the fountain has been fenced off and the water completely drained.
You can now see how deep the water was (compare to the first couple photos for scale).
No, we won't be holding any further auditions here for Darwin Awards for the time being....
|Dani and I passed by here coming back
from picking up our marriage license on the other side of downtown, and
to our surprise found the park was open again!
That's Dani to the right edge of the frame.
|But note the "No Swimming" signs.
From a news report:
After the drownings, the victims' families sued. Fort Worth reached a $750,000 out-of-court settlement that did not include an admission of liability.
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