By William Zajicek | president, MCFGS | January 2023

The Design and Community Engagement for Phase II of Liu Ming Yuan, titled “Building Bridges,” is drawing to a close.  A good deal will happen in the next two months.  The Parks & Recreation Design Advisory Committee will complete their work on the design of features for Phase II and they will be presented to the larger Community as well as the Parks Planning Board.  Construction drawings will be developed, estimates obtained, and Bid Packages distributed for construction of the Hmong Plaza in the Spring of 2023.  State funding for the Hmong Plaza expires in June of 2023, making that feature the priority for construction at this time.  

Construction drawings and estimates for the many other Phase II features(listed below) will be obtained in the spring 2023.  The City of Saint Paul will have a future in-person community design open house in later February to review the other features of Phase II.  If you are interested in attending that event, please go to and send us a note.  We will put you on the copy list. 

Join the City of Saint Paul for an in-person community design open house on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Brief presentation in Room A18-1 at 10:30 a.m.) at Hmong Village! 

At this event, attendees will be able to view the Hmong Plaza design, share feedback and ask questions of the project team.  This event will mark the conclusion of the schematic design project phase and celebrate the future plaza construction.  Attendees are welcome to wear masks, though they are not required.  A Hmong interpreter will be available during the event.

Together with the project’s Design Advisory Committee, the City of Saint Paul has created a vision for the future Hmong Plaza.  The Hmong Plaza will be an important element as part of the Saint Paul Changsha China Friendship Garden.  The plaza will feature Hmong cultural symbols and historical information that will be recognizable for Minnesota Hmong of all ages.

We hope you will be able to help us send this project into the construction phase!  RSVP today here.  More information about the Hmong Plaza and Saint Paul Changsha China Friendship Garden can be found here.


Other Phase II features for Liu Ming Yuan 

Chinese Moon Bridge 

Lake side Moon Gate Wall

Extension of the Xiang Jiang Pavilion Garden, which includes the Xiang Jiang Mountain Stream & Bridge 

Donor Wall

Chinese Chess Table


Tentative Phase II Project 2023 timeline

January 7, 2023      Public Engagement Meeting for Hmong Feature

Through January Hmong Plaza Construction Documents Generated

February Design Advisory Committee Engagement for other Phase II features

February or March Public Engagement for other Features of Phase II (Date TBD)

February-March Hmong Plaza Project Bidding  

April– June Phase II, Other Features construction documents and estimates

April-June      Hmong Plaza Construction (pending bids)

June            Arts and Cultural Legacy funding deadline

Late summer Building Bridges Capital Campaign kickoff.  

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