Water dyed green at Myriad Gardens is St. Patrick's Day prank in Oklahoma City

Maureen Heffernan, Myriad Gardens executive director, said the cleanup at the Oklahoma City park will cost thousands of dollars.
by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: March 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014

Vandals apparently playing a St. Patrick’s Day prank dyed the water green at Myriad Gardens, and the cleanup will be expensive.

Myriad Gardens executive director Maureen Heffernan said it is not known whether the dye will hurt the wildlife — fish, ducks, turtles and birds — that call the gardens home.

“It takes several thousands of dollars of staff time and resources to clean up after it,” Heffernan said. “A harmless prank, seemingly, has real consequences.”

Staff at the gardens were alerted to the green water about 5 a.m. Monday. Because all the water features are connected and contained, the dye spread through the entirety of the gardens, which includes 2.2 million gallons of water. Some areas of pavement and birds’ feathers were also stained green.

“I don’t know what the consequences to (wildlife) are,” Heffernan said. “We don’t know what chemical was used, we don’t know the concentration. I would sure hope that none of the animals have any skin irritations or anything worse than that.”

A water sample has been sent to Accurate Laboratories in Oklahoma City to find out what kind of dye was used. Heffernan said she’s researched the different methods used to dye large amounts of water.


by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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