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Wednesday sees a return to timed ticketing after Portland mayor's close-the-parks directive during wildfire smokeout

PHOTO: GARY BELINKSY - Portland Japanese Garden reopened Sept. 23 after the wildfire smoke dissipated.

Portland Japanese Garden reopened Wednesday, Sept. 23, following the improvement in air quality and relief from fire danger.

In a release, the garden management said it was temporarily closed due to the air quality and Mayor Ted Wheeler's executive order to close Portland Parks.

"During the closure, the Garden was being protected and taken care of by a small group of essential staff, and will be ready to have visitors who are eager to get outside starting Wednesday," said the release.

Portland Japanese Garden is a nonprofit organization originally founded in 1963 as a place for cross-cultural understanding following World War II. It is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and the foremost Japanese cultural organization in North America.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday – Monday, closed Tuesdays; adult admission: $18.95

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