On November 2, 2020, APRC will break ground on the Japanese Garden redesign in Lithia Park. Pedestrian traffic on the west side of Winburn, next to the garden, will be rerouted during the construction. Pedestrians will be directed to the east side of Winburn via a new crosswalk and existing trails will be enhanced on the eastside with chips for increased pedestrian-use. The garden will be closed for up to 24 months while under construction. Stay up to date on our Improvement Project page.
A site tour led by APRC Director, Michael A Black, will be held on Monday, November 2 at 1 p.m. Director Black will discuss the planned redesign by Toru Tanaka, the duration of the project and effects on Lithia Park function, such as pedestrian circulation, during the project. The public is invited to attend. Plan to meet at the garden entrance, near the Torii Gate. The site tour will begin promptly at 1 p.m.
In 2018 the Ashland Parks Foundation received a $1.3 million gift earmarked to create an authentic Japanese Garden in Lithia Park. Jeff Mangin and the Marechal family of Normandy, France donated the funds in remembrance of Jeff’s wife, Beatrice Marechal, who passed away several years ago.
APRC is working with landscape designer Toru Tanaka to create an authentic Japanese Garden. Tanaka, who is the founder and president of Portland Landscape Design and Japanese Garden Specialty, was trained in Japan and has more than 35 years of experience. He also served as the director of Portland’s Japanese Garden from 1988 to 1991.