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Balboa Park lily pond has been fixed

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Fifty-thousand dollars in repairs to a nearly 100-year-old pond in Balboa Park are finished, months after hundreds of people trashed it during a midnight water fight.

Repairs were done over the winter when lilies are dormant.

Participants in the water fight, which was advertised on social media, trampled landscaping, damaged planters and busted a pipe that nearly drained the pond.

Donations raised by Friends of Balboa Park paid for the repairs. While they were at it, workers rebuilt 27 boxes that house lily pads, installed new pipe and relined the rim with new plaster.

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A huge midnight water-gun fight left the historic lily pond at Balboa Park trashed and partly drained in August 2012. Photo courtesy of balboapark.org

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