History

Garden History

Voters Approve Bond

In 1969, voters approved a $900,000 bond to build Main Park, re-route Johnson Creek, and widen Powell Blvd.
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1970s History

Efforts to build a Japanese garden in Gresham began in the early 1970's after Johnson Creek was rerouted.
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Original Bridge Construction

We don't have much history, but we do know that the bridge was engineered and components were built offsite and brought to the garden for assembly.
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Garden Construction by JACL

Ed and Kaz are unloading broken basalt stone into a wheel barrow from a flat bed truck.
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Reviewing the Placement of Boulders

Ed Fugi and Kaz Tamura reviewing the placement of rock for placement as part of the path.
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Garden Construction by JACL

Ed and Kaz are unloading broken basalt stone into a wheel barrow from a flat bed truck.
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Reviewing the Placement of Boulders

Ed Fugi and Kaz Tamura reviewing the placement of rock for placement as part of the path.
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Japanese Garden Dedication

Peace. Tranquility. Longevity. These were the themes of the Japanese Garden in Gresham Main Park on September 2, 1975
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The Outlook's Satire

From The Outlook's Editorial regarding the downfall of the garden Read more

Japanese Garden Vandalized

Kaz Tamura surveying the garden after recent vandalism.

"The Sister City didn't mean to ignore the existing garden," said Debbie Sagen, assist. to the Gresham city manager.

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Garden Rebirth

Revitalization of the Garden

Tomiko Takeuchi, first cousin to Shiro Takeuchi, an original JACL committee member, contacted Jim Card, a retired professional landscaper to "look" at the garden with her.
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Design Process

For Jim Card to develop the garden's master plan, he observed erosion issues that had affected the island for years.
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Construction

The construction of the revitalized Japanese Garden took all of 2013 under the direction of Jim Card and the approval from the City of Gresham.
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Garden Rebirth

In the Spring of 2014 the Garden was ready to be unveiled. Over 8000 hours was dedicated in making this unforseen challenge come to fruition.
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Bridge Completed

For design inspiration, in 2013, Card visited the bridge at the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Spokane, Washington. The new Tsuru Island bridge is wider and twice as long.
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Azumaya

Early in the design process for the Garden, we determined that there would be a central area for small meetings, entertainment, displays and just relaxing.
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