Iconic Japanese Friendship Garden Koi Fish Pond Receives $15,000 in Needed Equipment

Donation Helps City Move Forward with Park Restoration After the Devastating 2017 Floods

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Although San José is still recovering from the 2017 storm that flooded
neighborhoods, City parks and facilities, community support and donations have helped the City move forward. Valued at $15,184, the San Jose Parks Foundation donated two water filtration systems to the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS).

“The filters help us maintain a healthy environment for the koi fish,” said Angel Rios Jr., director of PRNS. “This is a great example of the San José community coming together to ensure residents and visitors alike can enjoy the beauty and serenity of this iconic San José destination. We thank the San Jose Parks Foundation and donors for this very timely donation.”

The filtration systems will combat algae growth and provide a filtered, aerated and UV treated habitat for the koi fish at the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG). Currently, 110 koi fish displaced from the lower garden are being housed in the upper garden. During the 2017 floods, the koi pond, its pump, pump room and equipment sustained heavy damage. The koi fish were immediately rescued and relocated to a temporary holding pond until their permanent homes can be repaired.

“So many residents truly love and value the Japanese Friendship Garden. We have received
donations accompanied by letters that really show the emotional connection people have to this unique space,” says James P. Reber, executive director of SJ Parks Foundation. “We are so grateful to have such passionate donors.”

Among other City parks and facilities, the JFG sustained substantial damage during the February 2017 floods. The lower garden area, which includes the iconic Teahouse, was submerged in six feet of flood waters. Shortly after the flood, the Parks Foundation launched a donation campaign for Kelley Park and the JFG. To date, $24,000 has been collected for general restoration with a focus on the Teahouse.

Although JFG is currently open, the recovery phase is not complete. The Teahouse and
restrooms are being rebuilt and the pond’s main filtration system is inoperable. Permanent
repairs will follow completion of design efforts. To donate to the restoration efforts, visit:
https://sanjoseparksfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/30832-japanese-friendship-gardenfund

About Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) has one of the most diverse service models of any agency of its type. The recreation, social services and outdoor spaces serve not only San José’s million plus residents, but individuals from surrounding cities and communities, as well. They remain committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to be a national leader in
cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces. For more information, please visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns

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