Myriad Gardens Accepts Anonymous Restitution For Green Water Prank


Tuesday, April 8th 2014, 5:23 pm
By: News 9


Three weeks ago, the waters at Myriad Botanical Gardens were dyed green in what the city believed to be a St. Patrick's Day prank. Now, the Gardens has accepted an anonymous restitution to cover the entire cleanup cost.

According to the news release, an attorney came forward on behalf of an anonymous client and presented funds in the amount of $9,700 to the Gardens.

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On March 25, a nonprofit organization that operates the Gardens said it paid $9,700 to eliminate the dye and clean the area. According to the nonprofit, that money was used to cover staff time, equipment rental and chemicals used in the cleanup process.

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"We feel fortunate that this individual decided to come forward and make good on the damage caused by what was undoubtedly a prank not meant to cause harm or damage," said Maureen Heffernan, executive director of the Myriad Gardens Foundation. "We've recouped our cleanup cost and by making this announcement, we hope we're sending a message that pranks that may seem harmless can in fact be very costly. Thankfully none of our brides that week was too traumatized by the ‘bonus color' added to their weddings, and none of our fish, ducks, turtles or other wildlife was harmed. As Kermit would say, it wasn't easy being green, but all is now well."