OKLAHOMA CITY – A seemingly innocent St. Paddy’s Day prank is now a costly mess for the Myriad Botanical Gardens and it isn’t the only victim.
“For power washing the boulders, sand cleaning up the sidewalks and so forth, it’s actually a little bit lower than we thought originally; it’s about $2,500 to $3,000,” Christine Eddington said, Director of Marketing & Communications at Myriad Botanical Gardens.
“I can understand trying to find some green joyful expression to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day excitement but on the other hand maybe think through the ramifications of the group you are pranking,” she said.
Three days later the gardens’ lake is starting to fade but is still quite the sight.
Now the non-profit park is trying to figure out who did it.
“There some people posting to Facebook that they know who did it and so we given those leads to the police.”
But the downtown attraction wasn’t the only place cleaning up green.
A pond at the Waterford on N.W. 63rd St. and Penn. Ave. also got pranked but this time, the culprit left a clue behind.
“This is a portion of the bag left on the side of the grass,” Waterford Property Manager Cyndi Cleary said.
Surveillance video shows a man walking up to the Waterford pond Sunday afternoon and pouring in what appears to be a powdery substance.
“We have swans and we have Canadian geese and we have a lot of Koi and turtles out in the pond so we’re just concerned about the wildlife that’s out there,” Cleary said.
Myriad Gardens is sending water to be tested but so far no animals seem to be harmed by the unknown substance.
After the results come back giving the concentration of the chemical in the pond, 75 percent of the water will be pumped out.
According to reports, the city will provide the pump and services to the Myriad Gardens.
As of right now, the chemical used is believed to be fluorescin which usually dissolves in 72 hours.
“No fatalities. No permanent discoloration of any of our fish. The ducks’ feathers were a little bit green on St. Patrick’s Day but those are looking a little bit better,” Eddington said.
Authorities said they aren’t sure if these pranks are related.
When caught, the suspects will be facing vandalism charges.