Tsuru Island (Japanese Garden)
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Tsuru Island or better known as Gresham’s Japanese Garden was completed in the Spring of 2014 by hard-working board members of the Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association and countless volunteers dedicated to the revitalization of this landmark in Gresham, Oregon. The mastermind behind the garden is Jim Card, a retired professional landscaper. His expertise and connections in the industry made this project a huge success for Gresham. We can’t forget too the City of Gresham. Their partnership with this monumental endeavor was invaluable. Finding Tsuru Island is quite simple. Head to Historic Downtown Gresham and enter through Main City Park off of Powell Blvd and Main Street. When entering the garden area, you will be greeted by a landmark in its own right—the beautiful arching bridge. The park and island are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Since the garden re-opened last June, citizen visits have increased substantially. Although we do not have a ticket system that allows an exact attendance count by the hour or by the day, (the garden is open 24/7) we can see the increase at certain times of the day and general feedback from people when they stop to say “thank you”. Watching the people come and go during the week or on the weekend allows one to realize that they are not just coming to the garden while visiting the park but rather they are visiting the park while coming to the garden, it has become a destination. The garden gets dozens of visitors every day and we have noticed that on especially nice days all the benches (5) will be filled with individuals that have found it to be enjoyable at lunch time.