Japanese Friendship Garden Reopens After Flood

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park reopened Saturday, September 2, six months after the lower garden had been inundated with six feet of floodwater. Interdepartmental collaboration between PRNS, Public Works, Transportation and Environmental Services made it possible to remove 150,000 gallons of floodwater from the lower koi pond. Additionally, through the Storm Flood National Dislocated Worker Grant, workers from work2future assisted garden staff with mud removal. During the recovery, park rangers and zoo staff rescued 40 large koi fish from the muddy waters. After a quarantine period, they will rejoin the koi fish in the upper ponds. The admission-free Japanese Friendship Garden is now open daily from 10:00 a.m. to sunset. 

Japanese Friendship Garden Reopens After Flood