Manito Park Koi Pond Conservation Project Begins March 2021

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:52 a.m.

SPOKANE – The Koi Pond in Manito Park’s famous Nishinomiya-Tsutakawa Japanese Garden is set to undergo a water conservation project that will improve pond quality and save 16 – 18 millions of gallons of water annually.

Building on the success of the recent restoration of Mirror Pond in Manito Park, the Koi Pond conservation project involves:

  • Replacing and upgrading all existing pond pumps, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical equipment
  • Adding new UV and sand filters, recirculating jets, and pond skimmers
  • Installing new water meters specific to the pond for more accurate water tracking

"This project is part of a broader effort to conserve water across our entire organization," said Parks & Recreation director Garrett Jones. "We've seen the benefits of recent projects, like irrigation improvements at our golf courses and turf reduction in key park locations. These projects are already saving millions of gallons of water every year, and I'm excited to continue down this path of efficient watering and landscaping practices."

The koi will remain in the pond for the majority of the project, except for a short time when they will be taken to a koi specialist for a health inspection. Existing plantings and landscape within the garden will also be protected.

Construction is expected to begin late March with an estimated reopening in July. The Nishinomiya-Tsutakawa Japanese Garden will remain closed during this time. The project budget is $287,000, funded by the City Utilities Division.

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