Waterfall Garden Park

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Waterfall Garden Park
UPS Park, UPS Waterfall Park
Seattle Waterfall Garden 03.jpg
The park in 2007
Waterfall Garden Park is located in Downtown Seattle
Waterfall Garden Park
Waterfall Garden Park is located in Washington (state)
Waterfall Garden Park
LocationSecond and Main Streets, Pioneer Square, Seattle[1]
Coordinates47°36′01″N 122°19′55″W / 47.60028°N 122.33194°W / 47.60028; -122.33194Coordinates: 47°36′01″N 122°19′55″W / 47.60028°N 122.33194°W / 47.60028; -122.33194
DesignerMasao Kinoshita
Owned byAnnie E. Casey Foundation

Waterfall Garden Park, also called UPS Park and UPS Waterfall Park, is a private 60-by-80-foot (18 m × 24 m) pocket park in Seattle, Washington, created in 1978 at the original United Parcel Service building in Pioneer Square. It is open to the public during the day and closed at night. The park was designed by Masao Kinoshita with Sasaki Associates[2][3] and funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation to commemorate UPS's founder, James Casey.[4] The park is named for a manmade 22-foot (6.7 m) tall waterfall over which is pumped 5,000 US gallons (19,000 l) of water per minute.[4] It is described as "one of the most expensive parks per square foot ever built in the United States".[5] Roger Sale says in the guidebook Seeing Seattle that the park is locked at night to keep out the sizeable Pioneer Square homeless population.[6]

The park's Japanese garden includes Chamaecyparis obtusa and other botanicals native to Japan, and a pool designed by Yoshikuni Araki.[7][8] The garden won the Environmental Award of the American Nurserymens Association in 1981.[2]

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  1. ^ Pomper, Steve (2009), Seattle Curiosities: Quirky characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff, Rowman & Littlefield, p. 62, ISBN 9780762758074
  2. ^ a b "Casey, Annie E., Foundation, Waterfall Garden Park, Seattle, WA (1978)", Pacific Coast Architecture Database, University of Washington, item 14786, retrieved 2016-08-17
  3. ^ Waterfall Garden, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, retrieved 2016-08-17
  4. ^ a b Waterfall Garden Park, Alliance for Pioneer Square, retrieved 2016-08-17
  5. ^ Mike Sedam, Barbara Sleeper, Our Seattle, Voyageur Press, p. 36, ISBN 9781610604826CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ Sale, Roger (1994), Seeing Seattle, University of Washington Press, p. 36, ISBN 9780295973593
  7. ^ Pioneer Square Tree Walk: Urban Oases (PDF), Seattle Parks and Recreation, retrieved 2016-08-17
  8. ^ Kobayashi, Koichi (August 12, 2004), translated by Mio Uo & Travis Doty, "Visiting Japanese Gardens", North American Post, p. 8

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