APRC staff is working with the Ashland Parks Foundation (APF) to evaluate a redesign of the Japanese Style Garden in Lithia Park. A very generous $1.3 million private grant from Jeff Mangin and the Marechal family, in honor of the late Beatrice Marechal, will fund this project.
The current Japanese Style garden was evaluated during the Lithia Park Master Plan Process. During design week in June 2018, it was determined that the garden could potentially be redesigned and even expanded without negatively affecting the adjoining park spaces.
APF and two Parks Commissioners chose designer Toru Tanaka to lead the visioning and design of the Japanese Garden. Tanaka was trained in Japan and was the Director of Portlandís Japanese Garden.
APRC staff and APF held two public information/workshops on August 1 and August 9, 2018, to engage the public about the Japanese Garden redesign. Feedback from the public meetings resulted in the following objectives:
Accessibility and Physical Area
Garden Design and Experience
Culture and Authenticity
The garden design incorporates community feedback while preserving historic elements and will only slightly expand the current garden area. A new entryway will consist of a solid wall with Japanese styled tiles and an authentic Japanese entryway. The current stream will be widened, and stone lanterns placed throughout the garden. Other features include a koi pond, bamboo garden and many cherry trees.
If you have comments/questions, please complete the online form, which will be sent to APRC Director, Michael A. Black.
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