Pond at Alice Keck Park Being Drained

City workers tread carefully in thigh-high muck while draining the pond at Alice Keck Park gardens. 'It's really nasty,' said one.

Jean Yamamura

City workers tread carefully in thigh-high muck while draining the pond at Alice Keck Park gardens. 'It's really nasty,' said one.

The koi are visiting Chase Palm Park and the turtles are being sheltered on-site while the pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens is cleaned and repaired. Workers sank up to their thighs in muck as pumps hummed to pull water from the pond, which was last drained about 10 years ago. It will be dry for about two days, according to the City Parks & Rec department, long enough for the pond liner to be repaired. The work should be done by June 24.