Opened in July 2009, Citygarden is a lush urban oasis in the heart of downtown St. Louis. It contains three water features for children (and adventurous adults) as well as contemporary sculpture, an outdoor dining plaza, rain gardens and native Missouri landscaping.
The Citygarden is surrounded by office buildings, and is a perfect place for downtown workers to take a break, grab a snack from a food truck, or just enjoy fresh air.
Citygarden’s prime attractions in the summer are its pools and splash pads, offering a safe and child-friendly space to cool off in the summer heat.
The garden’s western block features one of the largest “play fountains” in the United States — a plaza, 120 feet long by 36 feet wide, where 102 nozzles arranged in a grid shoot water as high as six feet. Controlled by an on-site computer, the nozzles can spray in ever-changing patterns — and, each evening, in all the colors of the rainbow. The bluestone surface of the plaza is slip-resistant. Not only will children want to play there; on hot summer days adults may be tempted to find respite too.
We spent some time at the garden last week, taking photos and video, here’s a little bit of what we saw.
It was wonderful to see children out enjoying the water features, and to see the space being so well used. It’s also a great space for adults, with plenty of hidden nooks and crannies in which to rest and relax without getting splashed.
Citygarden Photo Gallery
Like so many of our lovely St. Louis attractions, the garden is free to the public. There are no gates or fences around the space, and it is open from sunrise to 10:00 p.m., 365 days per year.
For more information you can visit the official website citygardenstl.org where you can download a specialized app and audio tour.
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