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The Tranquil Garden

The Tranquil Garden was originally designed as a quite place for meditation, with amenities for persons with special needs. While the infrastructure of the Tranquil Garden has been built, the execution of a place for persons with special needs was not completed. The Tranquil Garden is a concrete patio, tucked in to the Community Garden between the raised beds of the P-Patch, which allow persons with disabilities to garden, and the amphitheater. It is walled on three sides. The walls are rimmed by a garden at their base. The fourth side is edged by plantings which eventually will partially screen the patio. Garden furniture including tables with awnings was added to the patio for the enjoyment of the users.

In a corner of the Tranquil Garden a stone fountain is featured.  The fountain is

a gift of Alice W. Sandstrom, a Seattle native of 90 years. She is considered one of Seattle's treasurers for her many years of civic contributions to the community. After Ms. Sandstrom's retirement as CFO of Children's Hospital in 1981, a position she held for 32 years, she has given her time and talents to many of Seattle's human service organizations including the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County, Senior Services of Seattle/King County, and the Children's Hospital Foundation.

The Tranquil Garden fountain carries forward Ms. Sandstrom's spirit of service to the community -- strength, peace, and tranquility. Dakota Designs of Seattle designed the fountain. It follows the natural Northwest theme of the garden. The fountain is made from natural Montana slate. The rocks at its base are from nearby rivers and streams. A solar energy system donated by the North West Solar Project is used to operate the fountain.  Landscaping services were donated by Brad Kurokawa and the plants were donated by Rainier Nursery.

The fountain was dedicated on June 5, 2004.  Pictured below is Mayor Greg Nickles, Alice Sandstrom, Rita Ryder, President, Strategic Initiatives, YWCA Seattle-King County-Snohomish County, and guests

Eventually it is hope that the original concept will be created making the area l a place of rest and quite repose where visitors will be able to experience the garden's natural beauty and environment. The philosophy is to create a sanctuary for meditation and relaxation, away from the stress of daily urban life.  

Magnuson Community Garden, Warren G. Magnuson Park - 6344 N.E. 74th St., Suite 104 - Seattle, WA 98115