202202 5 SPChineseGarden GateBy Bill Zajicek, Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society | February 2022

 Saint Paul Department of Parks & Recreation Design & Construction Group is leading the design-community engagement process for the second phase of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden.  The goal: construction documents in Spring.

The process facilitated by Brett Hussong and others from the Design & Construction Group has held five community meetings to critique design features in Phase II. The critique is then passed on to Hunan Jianke, our Sister City Chinese Garden Architects.

Four main features for the second phase

·         Hmong Plaza

·         A Chinese Moon Bridge

·         Extension of the Pavilion Garden with Moon gate wall, and

·         A permanent Donor Wall.

There is also a fourth access to the pavilion directly from the Phalen Lake side, which will include a Chinese Chess Table.

You can review all the meetings and associated design documents by using this link. If you wish to attend the next design review meeting or have any comments about the design, please contact Brett Hussong, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or me, Bill Zajicek, president of the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Last chance to be a Phase I ground-breaker

Meanwhile, if there ever was a good problem to have, the donations to the Ground Breaker donor category for the first phase of the garden is in the middle of it!  Because of popular demand, previous donors requested that they be allowed to move up to the next level of donation before it is closed out!  Therefore, deadline for donations has been extended to Feb. 28.

This will be the last chance to be a ground breaker at $ 1,000 or to reach a higher level of donation within the Ground Breaker Category. If you are interested, go to mnchinagarden.org to make a donation or request further information.

Donor levels and categories will be different for the second phase of the Liu Ming Yuan.


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