Maintenance work on the pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden is extended through July 6, 2018.
About the Project
During the initial draining and sediment removal phases, staff discovered an unexpectedly large volume of sediment. The pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden had not been drained to allow for sediment removal in 40 years. In recent years, there has been a significant decline in water quality at the pond, making the planned maintenance project a necessity. As of June 27, 2018, 270 cubic yards (60%) of the sediment has been removed. Staff have decided to take advantage of the current opportunity and remove all remaining sediment to improve the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden pond for future generations.
The project goals remain the same, and include repairing the pond liner, removing debris from the pond to improve water quality, making the pond a more pleasant place for park visitors, and creating a more hospitable environment for the many wildlife species that live in the pond area. The park will remain open as usual. Certain areas may be closed intermittently to allow access for our workers.
What about the Animals?
The many species of wildlife that live in Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden’s pond area will be protected during this project work. The koi fish and turtles have been relocated to Chase Palm Park and are being closely monitored and cared for by Parks Division staff.
Please do not disturb or feed any of the animals.
Remember, it is harmful to the pond animals to feed them bread or any other food. Feeding pond animals also increases pond bacteria, pollutes the pond, and decreases the oxygen supply in the water.
For more information on this project, please contact Parks Superintendent
Ken Brown at (805) 564-5457 or KBrown@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.