Phalen Regional Park Changsha Style Chinese Garden
This Minnesota Humanities Center Heritage Grant will allow project partners to plan and design a Chinese garden in Phalen Regional Park to commemorate the City of Saint Paul's Sister City Relationship with Changsha, China.
$300,000 the first year is for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.Of this amount, $50,000 in the first year is for a grant to the city of St. Paul to plan and design a garden to commemorate unrepresented cultural gardens in Phalen Park in the city of St. Paul and $150,000 in the first year is for a grant to Ramsey County to develop and install activity facilities in Ramsey County parks for culturally relevant games that are reflective of the current demographics in Ramsey County.The Minnesota Humanities Center shall operate a competitive grants program to provide grants for programs, including but not limited to: music, film, television, radio, recreation, or the design and use of public spaces that preserves and honors the cultural heritage of Minnesota. Grants made under this paragraph must not be used for travel costs inside or outside of the state.
- Strengthen multicultural relationships by providing a public park space for an unrepresented culture- Understand overall design concept of the Chinese Garden.- Understand associated costs to build and maintain the Chinese Garden facility.- Understand opportunities for programming and special events of the Chinese Garden facility
The project is complete. A concept plan has been developed for the garden which includes four distinct areas including: Lakeside plaza and pavilion, Aiwan Pavilion, Stone Garden, and Hmong Cultural Plaza.Presentation graphics illustrate the character of the garden from various angles as well as during multiple seasons of use. A video was prepared to supplement the 2d graphics and gives viewers a virtual tour of the garden. Together, these presentation materials will be used for future fundraising efforts. A cost estimate was prepared for the entire development of the garden and will provide benchmarks for fundraising goals. An illustrative plan, perspective renderings, a construction cost estimate, and 'fly thru' video was prepared for the project.