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Maintenance Project Announced for Pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

Repairs Will Improve Water Quality, Enhance Park Aesthetics, and Improve Habitat for Wildlife

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department will be doing maintenance work on the pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden from June 11 – 24, 2018. This maintenance work will repair the pond liner and remove debris from the pond, which will improve water quality, make the pond a more pleasant place for park visitors, and create a more hospitable environment for the many wildlife species—such as turtles, ducks, and koi fish—that live in the pond area. The park will remain open as usual during our work on the pond, but certain areas may be closed intermittently to allow access for our workers.

What Will the Pond Project Involve?

The pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden was last drained ten years ago. In recent years, there has been a significant decline in water quality at the pond, making the planned maintenance project a necessity.

In order to get to the pond liner, the water level in the pond must be lowered. The pond will be dry for one to two days during the project. This will allow for the removal of pond debris, sediment, organic matter, and trash to improve water quality and reduce unpleasant odors. These maintenance repairs will help make the pond area of Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden a more appealing place to visit, and will improve the look of the park.

All work on this project will be performed or supervised under contract by Parks Division staff.

What about the Animals?

The many species of wildlife that live in Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden’s pond area will be protected during all upcoming pond maintenance work. For example, the koi fish will be transported temporarily to the pond at Chase Palm Park, and the turtles will be sheltered on site in areas where work is not scheduled.


For more information on this project, please contact Parks Superintendent Ken Brown at (805) 564-5457 or

About Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

Park History

In 1975, local resident Alice Keck Park purchased the plot of land—formerly home to the El Mirasol Hotel—now known as Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden. When Ms. Park donated the land to the City of Santa Barbara, she envisioned an informal horticultural garden and natural retreat for people of all ages and interests. Architect Grant Castelberg began the design of the park in 1977, and the park was dedicated in 1980. Since that time, the park has become a favorite for locals and tourists.

Protecting Wildlife

Please do not abandon unwanted pets in the park or feed the park wildlife. Parks Division staff feeds an appropriate diet to the turtles and koi fish in the pond. Feeding bread or other food to turtles or other park wildlife damages the animals’ health. Feeding inappropriate foods to pond animals also increases pond bacteria, pollutes the pond, and decreases the oxygen supply in the water.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
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