- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A northeastern Indiana city’s botanical garden is getting an upgrade to the problematic, decades-old lighting system that illuminates its terraced ponds.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory’s manager, Mitch Sheppard, told the Fort Wayne Parks Board last week that parts are no longer made for the ponds’ aging lighting system. She says the lights are so old “we just can’t put any more Band-Aids on it.”

The Journal Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1zJT4HL ) the parks board approved a $50,000 project to replace the old lighting with new LED lights that will be both safer and more energy efficient.

Sheppard says the botanical garden’s current lights were designed in the 1970s and are high-voltage, become quite hot and tend to be destroyed by chlorine that’s added to the pools.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, https://www.journalgazette.net


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