Water conservation

Manito Koi Pond Project Completed and Japanese Garden Reopens


Manito Koi Pond Project Completed and Japanese Garden Reopens

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Tuesday July 20, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.

SPOKANE – A project to save millions of gallons of water per year at Koi Pond in the famous Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Manito Park has been completed.

The opening hours for summer 2021 will be:

  • Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 30 minutes before dusk
  • Saturday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 30 minutes before dusk

The project will improve the quality of the ponds while retaining 16 to 18 million gallons of water per year. It included the replacement and upgrade of all existing pond pumps, plumbing, mechanical and electrical equipment. New UV and sand filters have been added, as well as recirculation jets and skimmers to improve pond health.

“This is a great example of the City working together to make improvements. The utilities and parks divisions have come together to invest in water-saving improvements that also improve wildlife and visitor experiences, ”said Garrett Jones, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Spokane.

The Koi Pond project is part of a larger effort to conserve water throughout the park organization and ties in with recent irrigation improvements on the city’s golf courses and the reduction of sod in key park locations. These projects also save millions of gallons of water each year.

The koi carp remained in the pond for most of the project, except for a short time when they were taken to a koi carp specialist for a health inspection. The existing plantings and landscape in the garden have also been protected, so that visitors will experience the same garden with an improved pond.

The project budget was $ 287,000, funded by the city’s utilities division. Construction began in March and was completed on time and within budget. The garden was closed due to a COVID staff shortage in the spring of 2020.

Learn more about park water conservation at spokaneparks.org/parkhealth.

About Spokane Town Parks and Recreation

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