Green dye prank may cost park thousands to clean up

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Green Dye Prank May Cost Park Thousands To Clean Up
At the Myriad Gardens, workers and visitors are seeing green everywhere for St. Patrick's Day, but the new look may stick around for awhile, KFOR reported.

Green dye prank may cost park thousands to clean up
The Myriad Botanical Gardens, pictured here in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, include trees, shrubbery and other landscaped areas surrounding a small lake with ducks and koi. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This Oct. 9, 2013 photo show ducks wading in the water at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. The 17-acre gardens have landscaping surrounded by a small lake and an outdoor amphitheater. Trees, shrubbery and other landscaped areas surround a small lake. A children?s garden, splash fountains, off-leash dog park and paths for running and walking offer visitors a variety of activities. In the summer, free concerts, movies and children?s events are held throughout the gardens. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The Myriad Botanical Gardens, pictured here in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, include trees, shrubbery and other landscaped areas surrounding a small lake. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This Oct. 9, 2013 photo shows the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. The 17-acre gardens have landscaping surrounded by a small lake and an outdoor amphitheater. Trees, shrubbery and other landscaped areas surround a small lake. A children?s garden, splash fountains, off-leash dog park and paths for running and walking offer visitors a variety of activities. In the summer, free concerts, movies and children?s events are held throughout the gardens. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The Myriad Botanical Gardens, pictured here in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, include trees, shrubbery and other landscaped areas surrounding a small lake. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Turtles sun themselves on a log at the Myriad Botanical Gardens during the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City, in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 26, 2008. (AP Photo)
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Early Monday morning, maintenance crews noticed that all of the ponds at the gardens are neon green.

Maureen Heffernan, the executive director of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, says this change was not done by officials with the gardens.

Instead, she believes it is a St. Patrick's Day prank that could have long-term consequences.

She said, "It sounds like a harmless prank but unfortunately, there's a lot of consequences to it in terms of cost and staff time to clean it up. We have to drain the water features and add new water, clean off all the stones to get the dye out of there."

Organizers say this prank could end up costing up to $10,000.

For this non-profit organization, that will be a huge hit.

Visitors strolling the paths of the gardens say they have seen green colored ducks in the water and worry about the other wildlife that may be affected.

Heffernan says she doesn't know what the make up of the dye is but shares the same concerns as the visitors.

She said, "We have turtles and fish and ducks and birds, so we certainly hope they're not affected."

The Myriad Gardens is feverishly working to clean up the prank.

Until then, Heffernan is taking a positive outlook on this St. Patrick's Day prank.

She said, "Folks can come down. It's a beautiful day, it's spring break for kids. Come down, see the green water, celebrate St. Patrick's Day."

Police and Myriad Garden officials said they would like to speak with you if you have any information about this St. Paddy's Day prank.

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