Originally budgeted for $1.3 million, the city says the Japanese Gardens dealt with many challenges during construction.
Between inflation, rising labor and shipping costs, and the strains the pandemic put on the community, the final project ended up $325 thousand over the funded amount.
Parks and Recreation interim director Leslie Eldridge says this experience will help shape how situations are handled in the future.
“It’s a really good lesson to be incredibly conservative in budget planning moving forward,” Eldridge said. “To move methodically and systematically through projects.”
Eldridge says the $325 thousand will be pulled from capital improvement project funds.
This will impact repairs and improvements to all Ashland parks in the future.
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