Does anyone else need to touch some grass? We certainly know the feeling.

When life gets hard or work gets too busy, it’s time for a break. Whether you take a walk or enjoy your packed lunch somewhere new, Downtown Phoenix has several spots for that much-needed recharge.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so in your times of need, these hidden jewels are here whenever you need them.

Peace Park is hidden between the Arizona Convention Center and Arizona Center at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. (Photo: Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix)

Peace Park

In the midst of the bustling city is a quiet haven you have driven by but probably never seen. Peace Park is hidden between the Arizona Convention Center and Arizona Center at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. There are dozens of trees, grassy areas, and a tranquil fountain. It may be surrounded by buzzing businesses but upon stepping inside the park, it’s quiet and peaceful, just like the name suggests.

Details: 400 E. Monroe Street.

Atop the Arizona Center parking garage is the mural titled “Expressing Ourselves! Identity, Diversity & Thriving in Adversity,” created by Skye’s the Limit Foundation May 2022. (Photo: Elizabeth Montgomery)

‘Tomorrow Needs You’ Mural

Atop the Arizona Center parking garage is a vibrant mural with a message you may need to hear. Titled “Expressing Ourselves! Identity, Diversity & Thriving in Adversity,” the colorful mural was created by Skye’s the Limit Foundation May 2022. The 26-foot-tall mural spans three walls and was painted by artists and community members. Not only is a beautiful to look at, each wall has an encouraging message.

Details: 401 E. Fillmore Street.

The Japanese Friendship Garden, named RoHoEn, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. (Photo: Japanese Friendship Garden)

Japanese Friendship Garden

This hidden oasis will make you forget you’re in the middle of the Sonoran Desert and provide the feeling of being transported to a lush garden in Kyoto. The Japanese Friendship Garden, named RoHoEn, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Create your own adventure around a large koi pond, grasslands, waterfalls, woodlands, winding paths, and more.

Details: 1125 N. 3rd Avenue.

The Memorial Rose Garden is currently in full bloom at Heritage Square. (Photo: Elizabeth Montgomery)

Heritage Square

The Memorial Rose Garden is currently in full bloom at Heritage Square. There are so many unique colors and fragrances to take in. You can smell but don’t touch the roses. May is also Historic Preservation Month, and many historical sites can be seen at Heritage Square during your break. We’re currently hosting a historical social media giveaway with a prize that can offer much needed self-care. On your way back to the office, stop by the brand-new coffee and plant shop, Stemistry.

Details: 113 N. 6th Street.

Greenspace at Arizona Center. (Photo: Fara Illich)

Arizona Center

The grotto at Arizona Center has been a respite for years. There’s grass, seating, and a pond to enjoy. As you walk among the trees and statues, you can also read our organization’s latest StoryWalk book, “Senorita Mariposa” by Ben Gundersheimer.

From peaceful gardens to public art, we’ve got plenty of convenient options for a quick and meaningful repose in Downtown Phoenix.

Details: 455 N. 3rd Street.

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