After some lunch I walked over to the Gene Leahy Mall (think Washington Mall instead of shopping mall). The main feature of the mall is a large waterfall fountain at the north end that feeds into a long and narrow pond that eventually joins an even bigger public pond. This time of year the mall's fountains are turned off and the water is frozen.
I wasn't alone on my circumnavigation of the mall. The mall provides a nice place to walk during people's lunch breaks. I passed a couple getting their photos taken (an engagement perhaps), a father and young son yelling 'ECHO' as they walked under the 13th street bridge, and small crowds walking off their lunches and talking about office politics.
The latest addition to the mall, I discovered, were new benches around the Gene Leahy Mall . Each bench is unique and each one has an artistic flair. One my favorites is the screaming man below. Pictures of some of the other benches can be found here.
I passed the father and son on the other side (we were walking in opposite directions). The boy was going down the slide. He was having fun. I know because I've gone down the slide before. It's fun. Trust me. They've improved the sliding experience by adding a fun bench nearby: