Friendship Garden Site Dedication

Community-wide Event

Phalen Park Picnic Pavilion

Site Dedication

Saint Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden

On Saturday, July 9th from 10:45 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Lake Phalen during the Dragon Boat Festival


Start at the Picnic Pavilion with a Lion Dance to the proposed China Friendship Garden Site. 

Bring family and friends to Phalen Park on July 9 at 10:45am 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.

]St. Paul, Minn.–The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society, working with the St. Paul Parks & Recreation Department and St. Paul’s District 5 Planning Council, is pleased to announce the Site Dedication of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Park.

A public/private partnership with St. 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 St. 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 Dragon Boat Festival will be held on July 9-10, 10:00am to 5:00pm, celebrating 18 years of honoring the Pan-Asian heritage, with two days of exciting dragon boat races and colorful, traditional dances and music to showcase the performance arts of Asia.
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