Subfacility of Lake Sacajawea
Original development of Lake Sacajawea Park included a bridge to the island on which the Japanese Garden is located. Time witnessed the decline and eventual removal of the bridge. Over the years, vegetative overgrowth became a concern. In 1985 goats were introduced to the island for vegetative control. After the failure of this experiment, concerns remained and in 1990 an idea for re-development was germinated.
A garden designed after the Japanese tradition was conceived. As time and funds allowed, summer seasonal youth crews began clearing the island, where they discovered remnants of the original development:
- Basic water line
- Buried rock pathway to the bridge
- Crumbling bird houses
- Trees that were once cared for