The current Japanese style garden in Lithia Park 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.
Landscape designer Toru Tanaka has been selected to lead the vision and design of a new authentic Japanese Garden. Tanaka was trained in Japan and was the Director of Portlandís Japanese Garden.
Ashland Parks and Recreation staff and the Ashland Parks Foundations 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 plan was approved by the Parks Commission in January 2019 and was subsequently put on hold by the donor. An amended plan was be presented to the Parks Commission at two public meetings in October 2019.
The plan was unanimously approved by Commissioners and is in the process of moving forward.
Early in 2020 as we continued to work on the design plans, it became apparent that construction would not begin as soon as we had anticipated. We will not break ground in the spring of 2020, but rather in the fall of 2020.
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