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Green dye prank may cost park thousands to clean up

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.

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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myfriendindover March 18 2014 at 1:10 PM

If you think humans are the most intelligent form of life, THINK AGAIN!

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ra8300 March 18 2014 at 3:47 PM

What about the river in Chicago that was dyed green? Any problems there?

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david.konen March 18 2014 at 12:10 PM

I wonder if someone from this area just wanted to copy what was happening in Chicago around THIS time of year. I can say that I think this went a bit FURTHER than initially thought.

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swidorskycarpet March 18 2014 at 3:14 PM

Would you categorize this as a prank or vandalism given the possible cost of clean up ?

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asychis swidorskycarpet March 18 2014 at 4:24 PM

What' I'd do is apply to the EPA as a superfund site and get billions to clean it up and the park will have money for decades to come!

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denadmartinez March 18 2014 at 3:13 PM

who did it

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Ladyofthecelts2 March 18 2014 at 3:12 PM

Hopefully it turns out to be nothing more than food coloring. Whoever did this was obviously not thinking the plan through. They most likely saw how they dye the river in Chicago and thought this would be similar. Still though not your property, you should not tamper with it. At least it wasn't bubble bath. I did that once to my dad's hot tub, best bubble bath EVER......he was not amused ;) :P

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mestranger2all Ladyofthecelts2 March 18 2014 at 3:16 PM

I would think that to turn all that water green it would require a large amount of dye to get it that green. You think some one would have seen something

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william01609 March 18 2014 at 5:27 PM

I can't believe people here are defending the idiots who dumped the stuff in a pond they don't owe and with no permission from the people who own it! Thats what's wrong with this country today, we can always find some idiot who will blame someone else for what other people do. I guess we can say the park should have been closed, chained up or fenced in. WHEN WE PEOPLE START TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS?

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clarkfelgner March 18 2014 at 1:38 PM

Even the simplest pranks can have negative long-term effects!

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gypsy March 18 2014 at 1:24 PM

He idiot!! Want to advertise? Pay for it....somewhere else!

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marshallcoid March 18 2014 at 1:16 PM

Idiots. Every example of bad behavior associated with this "celebration" which too many times seems to provide an excuse for self-indulgence and stupidity adds to my dislike for this too-often abused holiday. Find myself disinclined to associate with it by wearing green. All rather silly except as a reminder of the more admirable aspects of Irish culture. Wish THAT was a more universal focus and not excessive drinking and so-called "pranks."

Certainly this "prank" (Does this lessen the severity of vandalism by labeling it as such??) is not representative of the best or majority of those who choose to celebrate. But there ARE far too many negative examples EVERY year to give it a complete "thumbs up." I find myself extra-cautious walking in NYC on my way to work (BROADWAY, etc.) each time this holiday rolls around and large groups are impossible to avoid that seem potentially capable of instigating a brawl with the slightest provocation. To each his or her own BUT.................would love to see this holiday associated with better behavior and reasonable self-control.

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jkingsire marshallcoid March 18 2014 at 1:48 PM

Unfortunately tis the reason the good Lord invented whiskey.. To keep the Irish from taking over the world...

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