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Foster Botanical Garden reopening in June following accessibility improvement project

Scheduled reopening of the lush, urban garden on Monday, June 5, 2023

O‘AHU -- Foster Botanical Garden is scheduled to reopen on Monday, June 5, 2023 following the completion of an accessibility improvement project.

The garden was closed on Feb. 13 to improve the accessibility at Foster's entrance, bathrooms, community garden, and botanical pathways. Including:

  • Reconstructing the main garden entrance with new pavement, handrails, ramps, and a low wall seating area
  • Refurbishing existing ADA-accessible parking stalls and signage
  • Adding new accessible plots to the community garden
  • Renovating the inside of the comfort stations (bathroom buildings)
  • Installing a replacement drinking fountain
  • Upgrading the garden's various pathways

This project is reconstructing the pathways to be concrete and graded, thereby making them more accessible and improving visitor circulation throughout the botanical garden. As a result of these extensive, garden-wide improvements, the closure of the entire garden was necessary. Regular community garden access was available throughout the project.

A separate maintenance effort within Foster is slated for later this summer. This work includes demolition of the old annex building, which will be localized and not require closure of the garden.

The 14-acre Foster Botanical Garden is the oldest of the city's five botanical gardens. Some of the garden's magnificent trees were planted by Dr. William Hillebrand in the 1850's. It is home to hundreds of species of tropical plants, trees and flowers, including the ever-popular

Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the Corpse Flower.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please contact the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email

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