St. Paul, Minn. (July 8, 2016) — The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society, working with the Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Department and Saint Paul’s District 5 Planning Council, is pleased to announce the Site Dedication of the Saint Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Regional Park.
Bring family and friends to Phalen Regional Park on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Dragon Festival. Watch the lion dancers perform, join the procession to the site of the China Friendship Garden, and learn more information about the history and cultural significance of this exciting addition to the park. Stay for the dragon boat races.
Information regarding the proposed site:
- A public/private partnership with Saint Paul’s sister-city Changsha, China.
- To be located north of the picnic pavilion and water channel and east of the Stone Arch Bridge along Lake Phalen.
- Complements Public Art Saint Paul’s “Minnesota Rocks!” symposium sculpture “Meditation,” created by internationally-known Changsha sculptor Master Lei Yixin (sculptor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Stone of Hope Memorial in Washington, D.C.).
- Proposed features: Replica of the Aiwan Pavilion and stone garden, a Hmong Cultural Plaza and Emperor Chi You sculpture, a lakeside pavilion with classroom, an entrance arch, and an arched bridge.
The 18th Dragon Festival will be held on July 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with exciting dragon boat races and colorful, traditional dances and music to showcase the performance arts of Asia.