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Posted on: June 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Restore Good Karma With Return of Buddha Statue

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-June 3, 2020-Someone can instantaneously restore their good karma with the return of the Buddha statue that went missing from the Yampa River Botanic Park earlier this week.

“As Buddha says, If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?“ commented Jennifer MacNeil, executive director of the Yampa River Botanic Park. “So, we’re asking everyone to look after this special statue and ensure it walks the right path back to the gardens.”

The missing Buddha statue normally sits quietly on the edge of the Botanic Park’s Reflecting Pond Gardens in the middle of the park. Staff became aware that the piece was missing during morning rounds earlier this week.

“We hope someone will rediscover their inner self and return this important piece,” continued MacNeil. “Not only will they attain a level of enlightenment for this act, but the park will also be enlightened with its return and continued presence.”

If you find the statue in another city park or in the community, it can be returned to any park employee. In addition, the Buddha can be left on the Trillium House patio on the south side of the park, no questions asked.

Once a sprawling horse pasture, the six-acre Yampa River Botanic Park is now home to more than 50 unique gardens, thousands of plant and animal species and hosts special events of all shapes and sizes. An innovative experiment in private/public partnerships, the Botanic Park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk, through October 31.

For ongoing updates on the Park’s various summer programs and events, visit the website at, or find us on Facebook by searching Yampa River Botanic Park. 


Jennifer MacNeil, Executive Director, Yampa River Botanic Park, 970.846.5172 or email
Emily Hines, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 970-871-7031 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

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