After surviving marauding herons and countless encounters with the weird things people throw in their ponds, the koi of Volunteer Park cannot survive their own success. According to a statement sent out by Seattle Parks, the fish will be permanently removed from the two ponds above the Volunteer Park reservoir because of the ongoing costs of maintenance. Parks says the fish moving a process planned to begin Wednesday:
A new home for the koi
For the past seven years, our ponds have been the home for beautiful koi fish. During this time, we have discovered that these beautifully refurbished ponds are not the best environment for the koi. In addition to at least one act vandalism that destroyed the koi, waterfowl swim in the ponds and their droppings have fouled the water, resulting in fish parasites and diseases that have sickened and killed our koi.
Seattle Parks and Recreation staff have worked to maintain water quality and keep the population healthy. In recent years, as the koi population has increased, staff must more frequently flush fresh water through the system and add a chemical product to keep the fish alive. This is neither sustainable nor cost effective.
We want a secure, clean home for the koi.
The Washington Koi Association is going to help us move the fish into quarantine for the winter. In the spring, they will help distribute the koi to good homes with members of the Washington Koi Association.
The 30 koi are scheduled to be moved on Wednesday, October 9. Parks staff will be on hand to talk with park visitors and assist with the transport.
For more information, please contact Barbara DeCaro, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-615-1660.